Take your sweep and shove it.
Whatever happens tomorrow and beyond, right now we know: there will be a Game Five.
Jake Arrieta stepped up with a fantastic performance when the Cubs needed it most, showing us something we haven’t seen since August. From there, Brian Duensing got a key match-up out, and Wade Davis came on for the final two innings. He gave up the obligatory homer to Justin Turner, but thankfully finished things off after 48 pitches.
A ridiculous moment in a very long 8th inning led to a little extra work for Davis and Joe Maddon getting ejected. Davis struck out Curtis Granderson – quite clearly – but then, after Granderson protested, the home plate umpire conferred with the rest of the crew to overturn the strikeout and call a foul ball. Which it was not. Clearly. More on that tomorrow.
Thankfully, that didn’t factor into the final outcome, but it was ugly.
The Cubs live to fight another day, and there’ll be a lot more to say about this one … as we prepare for a Game Five.