On August 5, 1989, Jerome Walton’s ninth inning single to right field scored Shawon Dunston as the go-ahead run in a 4-2 come-from-behind victory at Pittsburgh.
The thrilling win tied Chicago (63-47) with Montreal atop the NL East Division.
Despite a heart-breaking 5-4 setback in 18 innings the following day vs. the Barry Bonds led Pirates, the Cubs returned to Wrigley Field and promptly swept the Expos three games to none.
It was a signature series win for the North Siders, turning its first place tie into a comfortable 3.0 games lead in the division. As it turns out, the Cubs never relinquished its top spot for the remainder of the regular season.
Walton, meanwhile, was swinging a red-hot bat during this five game stretch hitting at a .458 clip (11-for-24), including a 5-for-12 performance against Montreal pitching, all while running his hitting streak to 20-games.
*Throughout spring training I’ll recap Walton’s 30-game hitting streak that sparked the Cubs from a 2.5 games deficit in the division to a 2.5 game lead!
|16||Aug. 5||3-5||@ Pitt||J. Smiley||Bunt Single||W 4-2|
|J. Smiley||Single to 3B|
|B. Landrum||Single to RF, RBI|
|17||Aug. 6||3-7||@ Pitt||J. Robinson||Double to LF||L 5-4|
|R. Kramer||Single to RF|
|D. Drabek||Single to CF|
|18||Aug. 7||3-4||Montreal||P. Perez||Single to CF||W 5-2|
|P. Perez||Triple to LF|
|A. McGaffigan||Single to CF|
|19||Aug. 8||1-4||Montreal||D. Martinez||HR Deep CF||W 4-2|
|20||Aug. 9||1-4||Montreal||B. Smith||Single to RF||W 3-0|