10/3 LaHair: “That game was for her”
Wednesday’s game was more than No. 162 for Bryan LaHair. It was a chance for him to make his grandmother Theresa smile. LaHair hit a solo home run in the second and a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the ninth to lift the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Astros. This was personal for LaHair, and not just because it was a chance to redeem himself after going from National League All-Star to bench player following the rise of Anthony Rizzo. LaHair’s grandmother is battling cancer and it’s been a difficult fight.
“That game was for her today,” LaHair said.
With the game tied at 4 in the ninth against Hector Ambriz (1-1), Anthony Recker walked and was lifted for pinch-runner Darwin Barney, who moved up one out later on Tony Campana’s bunt single. One out later, Starlin Castro, the only regular in the starting lineup on the last day of the season, playing in his 162nd game, drew a walk to load the bases. LaHair then lined the first pitch to right for the game-winner.
LaHair talked to his mother last night to get an update.
“The last thing my mom said was, ‘Get one for her,’” LaHair said. “I told her to let [his grandmother] know I’ll get one.”
The Cubs ended with 101 losses, second-most in franchise history, and behind only the 1962 and ’66 teams that finished 59-103.
– Carrie Muskat