Anthony Rizzo’s controversial slide at home plate leads to two Cubs runs

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was involved in a controversial play at home plate Monday.

Chicago catcher Chris Gimenez hit a grounder to shortstop with the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the eighth inning against the Pirates. Pittsburgh shortstop Sean Rodriguez fielded the ball and threw home to catcher Elias Diaz, who stepped on the plate.

Diaz turned to fire a throw to first in an attempt to turn a double play. But, Rizzo, who was running down the third base line, slid and hooked his legs directly into Diaz, who was standing in front of the plate. Diaz’s throw sailed into right field, allowing two runs to score.

Just playing hard, Rizzo said (via NBC Sports Chicago). Never want to try to hurt someone. They’re playing as hard as they can over there, we’re playing as hard as we can over here. You’ve got to break up a double play. Fortunately, we broke it up, everyone comes out healthy.

Different mock drafts have Bart going anywhere from the San Francisco Giants at No. 2 to the Miami Marlins at No. 13, but don’t be surprised if he ends up being taken by the New York Mets at No. 6. It’s a been a while since the Mets have had a backstop with the power that Bart possesses in their lineup and their farm system currently features no catcher that comes close to his offensive profile.

Should he fall past New York, don’t expect Bart to be on the board for much longer, as he’s clearly the best catcher in this year’s draft class.

Madrigal stood up and reminded teammates that if the Beavers lost that game, said first baseman Tyler Malone, There’s a lot of guys who would never put this uniform on again.

He didn’t celebrate much when the Beavers clinched a return trip to Omaha with a super regional sweep of Minnesota. For an explanation, reference the article from Baseball America taped to a wall in the Oregon State dugout in Omaha.

Oregon State’s run falls short of title after record-setting season, read the headline.

The lead paragraph, underlined in black ink, packed more of a gut punch: They could have been the greatest team of all time.

Oregon State started with two wins at the CWS last year, moving its record to 56-4 — but then lost a pair to LSU. Just like that, it was over.

The Beavers want to flip the script on Mississippi State this week. Even that, though, is not their ultimate objective.

We’ve got to finish the job, Madrigal said. That’s kind of been our motto all year long.

Oregon State shortstop Cadyn Grenier offered his take.

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