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WATCH: Matt Szczur Hits a Grand Slam to Ice the Game

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That sure didn’t look like it was going to be a six-run Cubs game, did it?

Matt Szczur wasn’t interested in participating in a one-run win, though.

With the score still close at 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth after an Anthony Rizzo single gave the Cubs the tight lead, Matt Szczur came up to plate to with the bases loaded to bat for Jorge Soler, since he was going to be replacing him defensively in left. You know, because it was gonna be a one-run game in the 9th inning. Makes sense.

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Except Szczur wanted to make sure that lead was nice and comfortable. So he did this:

You know a roster is stupidly deep when the defensive replacement outfielder, who rarely gets a chance to play, can come in off the bench and do that late in a game.

In limited duty so far this year, Szczur is hitting a lofty .333/.400/.593 (30 plate appearances). His chances of getting starts ticked up a bit when Kyle Schwarber was hurt, but then immediately went back down when Javy Baez returned. You throw in the organizational commitment to letting Jorge Soler develop, plus starts for Tommy La Stella that push Kris Bryant into left, and it’s still a really crowded picture for Szczur to get starts.


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But, hey; you keep coming in and doing things like that, and eventually you’ll get your shot.

And some fun:

Michael Cerami contributed to this post.


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