Back in 2014, the Cubs were playing the Rockies at Wrigley Field the night before the night before the Trade Deadline. I remember this game well, as many of you do, I’m sure, in part because of the incessant Lime-A-Rita commercials that, combined with the extra innings, turned “Fiesta Forever” into a thing. (If you ever wondered why some folks joke about that song when the Cubs play a really late game, now you know. For me, I had to cash in before the game was over because I was starting the annual 30+ hour Blogathon the next morning. Regrets. I’ve had a few.)
But the main reason folks remember that game is because the winning pitcher also scored the winning run in the 16th inning. That “pitcher” was the Cubs’ then back-up catcher John Baker. The fun night became known as The John Baker Game, and, while it might never be duplicated, last night’s Cubs win certainly started to approach the weirdness of that one.
It lasted only 13 innings, but the way it ended was definitely vaguely reminiscent of the game two years ago.
In the bottom of the 12th inning, the Brewers loaded the bases on an error, a walk (which was not actually a walk, but whateves), and another walk. That last walk came via Travis Wood, who’d replaced Hector Rondon. So Wood was left with the bases loaded, nobody out, and a single run giving up the game. He managed to get three pop ups (one to shallow center, and then two in the infield) to end the threat, which was shocking enough.
But then, thanks to the depleted bench, Wood got his own chance to bat with the bases loaded. And, in true weird baseball fashion, he worked a bases loaded walk to give the Cubs the run they needed to win. Obviously kudos goes out to the entire Cubs bullpen in this one, but we’ll let Wood have the spotlight.
If you didn’t stay up, enjoy Wood doing his thing: