CHICAGO — When Daulton Varsho stepped into the batter’s box in the 10th inning of Arizona’s eventual 7-6 win over the Cubs on Saturday, he saw runners at first and third with one out in a tie game.
The D-backs were fresh off a ninth inning in which they had loaded the bases with no one out and failed to push a run across the plate and they could ill afford to let another opportunity slip away.
After taking the first pitch for a ball, Varsho was late on a pair of Rowan Wick fastballs. He took the next one for a ball, and Jake McCarthy , who had singled as the second batter of the inning, stole second.
“[Wick] actually blew a couple fastballs by me,” Varsho said. “And literally all I told myself was I just can’t get beat again, not in that situation with runners on second and third. I knew I could still stay back and hit his curveball. So that was my plan going into that last pitch there.”
Wick stuck with his fastball — this one a 94-mph offering — and Varsho hammered it off the wall in right. Ketel Marte, who was at third, scored easily, as did the speedy McCarthy.
That’s when things got interesting.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ relay throw sailed wide of home plate so Varsho was able to make it into third, and he came all the way around to…