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CHICAGO – Kevin Pillar certainly looked like he was getting full value for his Wrigley Field experience this weekend.
In his first career visit to the baseball shrine on Chicago’s North Side, Pillar had six hits and a face full of ivy on one of his trademark circus catches Sunday afternoon.
Unfortunately he also got a taste of what helped make the Cubs the World Series champions in yet another spectacular late collapse by the Jays.
Despite taking a 5-3 lead to the bottom of the 10th, closer Roberto Osuna and catcher Raffy Lopez self destructed, capped by an Alex Avila bases-loaded walk off single to give the Cubs a 6-5 win.
As a result, the reeling Jays were swept on Chicago’s North Side, losing all three games of the weekend series.
It appeared that the best was saved for last by the Jays centre fielder as Pullar banged out a clutch two-out single in the top of the 10th inning, scoring Josh Donaldson from second and for the go-ahead run in what ultimately result in a 5-3 Jays lead.
And then self-induced disaster happened to a team that has seen far too much of it in the 2017 season.
The horrific collapse started when Osuna struck out Kyle Schwarber, but in doing it with a wild pitch that catcher Raffy Lopez couldn’t handle, Schwarber took first.
Ben Zobrist followed with a single moving Schwarber to third and then another Osuna wild pitch brought him home and the Cubs to within a run.
The worst was yet to come from Lopez however. After Javier Baez went down swinging with what would have been the second out, Lopez couldn’t handle the ball. He scooped it in time, but hesitated in making the throw to first leaving the Cubs with runners on the corners with just one out.
Again, Osuna wasn’t done. Jason Heyward was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded with just one out for Avila who ripped his shot to right to give the Cubs the unlikely win.
The line on Osuna featured a pair of hits, a pair of wild pitches and one hit batter, resulting in the big loss.
And ultimately the bottom line was one of the most devastating losses on the season.
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