In the 9th inning last night, the Chicago Cubs came back from a one-run deficit in a big way, posting a six spot, and ultimately winning the game by four runs. It was a nearly unbelievable bookend to the nearly unbelievable first inning of the game.
Given an erratic bottom of the 9th, though, the Pirates brought the tying run to the plate, so it felt like every run the Cubs scored in the top of the frame was absolutely necessary.
Here’s a look at that six-run 9th inning, if you missed it:
Six in the 9th!
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 17, 2017
The ending was the best part, as Kyle Schwarber went all out to score the team’s 9th run, chugging from first on an Addison Russell double, and then maneuvering deftly at the plate with a wild slide (full video here at MLB.com):
That is a guy who had major reconstructive knee surgery a little over 13 months ago. Really consider that.
The play provided a great shot of the Cubs’ throwback uniforms, too, playing as the Leland Giants of the Negro leagues:
Great shot, great throwbacks, great slide, great play, great game.