Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop stands on the mound.

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Cubs Pitcher Interrupts the Cops Asking About His Stolen Car to Go Save the Game

April 25, 2019 - 4:52 pm

Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop's save in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers was from from ordinary. 

Just innings before Strop got Justin Turner to ground into a game-ending double play, the right-hander was in the Cubs clubhouse at Wrigley Field talking to police officers who were investigating the theft of the pitcher's car. 

When the Cubs tied the game in the sixth inning, per a Cubs spokesperson, Strop told the officers, "I gotta get outta here, I gotta pitch tonight."

Strop reported to police that his 2018 Hyundai Genesis was stolen early Wednesday, around 6:30 a.m., according to the Chicago Tribune. Police officers spotted the vehicle around 2:30 p.m., and when they attempted to pull the car over it took off. 

Police found the vehicle less than a half-mile away after it hit a parked car. Nobody was injured and there were no suspects in custody, per the Tribune.

Strop was asked before Thursday's game about the police officers' visit to the clubhouse. 

"I knew you were going to go there," he said. "Just hear what the police had to say. Kinda find out what ... the condition of my car.  That's what I wanted to know yesterday."

Though Strop did not know much else, he added that the police told him his stolen car will be under investigation for 10 more days. 

By John Healy