Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (3/9/21): Cubs 9, A’s 8 F/7 – Cubs Slam A’s in Walk-Off Win

The Cubs took on the A’s at a sun-splashed Sloan Park Tuesday afternoon as new additions Trevor Williams, Eric Sogard, and Joc Pederson all contributed to Chicago’s cause. Oakland pulled ahead in the late-inning bullpen battle but the Cubs had the last laugh. (Box score)

Why the Cubs Won

They staged a four-run rally in the bottom the 7th inning to win it.

Key Moment 

Rafael Ortega crushed a game-winning grand slam against Nik Turley for the ultimate walk-off homer.

Stats That Matter

  • Williams was solid: 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 K, and 1 BB. His fastball was touching 93 miles per hour on the stadium gun.
  • Pederson doubled and blasted his third home run of the spring.
  • Sogard had a run-scoring single in his first at-bat of the year.
  • Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo homer but he limited damage on a couple other hard-hit balls.

Bottom Line

Pederson has been a nice fit so far in camp, so perhaps his hot start will translate to the regular season.

On Deck

The Cubs head to Scottsdale to play the Giants Wednesday at 2:05pm CT.

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