Well, that game was certainly something. [Brett: That’s how I started writing this back in the 9th inning. I’ll leave it. But, HAHA, pretty understated now, eh?]
The Cubs had a 3-0 lead, but wound up down 6-3 late.
Jake Arrieta had a 14-pitch at bat, but struck out.
Arrieta hit one out onto Waveland, but it was just foul.
Jorge Soler and Ben Zobrist missed home runs by a combined two feet.
Arrieta wound up “giving up” six earned runs in six innings of work despite actually pitching well. The last two of those runs scored after he’d left the game, and were on base because the home plate umpire inexplicably missed a strike three call on a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play that would have erased both players, and instead put two on with nobody out.
Javy Baez did a great butt tag. He was later stranded after doubling with no outs, and would have been the tying run.
The Cubs recorded an out 1-5-2-6-1, which is also a zip code in Pittsburgh.
The Cubs went 4 for 18 with runners in scoring position, but half of those hits came in the final inning.
Jorge Soler tied the game with a blast to center field with one out in the 9th inning, and I had to rewrite a bunch of this!
… and then the Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the 10th … but Anthony Rizzo grounded into a double play, including an out at the plate … but Javy Baez slid around the tag and they reviewed! … but the call stood even though it was awwwwwfully close and will be debated for a while.
… and then the Cubs got another chance just like it when Baez tripled in the 12th! … but an Addison Russell fly ball to left became ANOTHER double play when Baez was thrown out at the plate.
… and then the Pirates finally scored a run in the 13th, to win the game.
… but then the Cubs singled three times in a row to open the bottom of the frame, tying the game again! And then the Pirates intentionally loaded the bases with nobody out … AND FINALLY, THE GAME ENDED! A MIGUEL MONTERO SINGLE!!!
I’m not even sure any of this makes any sense at this point. That game was just wonkers.
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