Good morning, my friends! The air is just a little bit fresher today, isn’t it? Not a ton. Just a little. But it’s noticeable.
Down 0-3 in the NLCS, the Cubs carried a 3-1 lead into the 8th inning last night against the Dodgers as they attempt to pull off the kind of comeback you never see outside of Boston.
Wade Davis entered to take care of the final two innings of the game, and, being that it was the 8th inning, had to allow SOME kind of run. He was savvy, though, to give up a leadoff (monster) homer to Justin Turner, and get it out of the way early. That’s a veteran reliever right there.
After that homer, Davis worked through a long, difficult 8th inning that featured two walks, an absurdly blown strikeout call, and 34 pitches. He batted for himself in the bottom of the frame (fouling a bunch off, actually, before seemingly deciding he’d had enough and letting a fastball go right down the middle), and was sent back out there for the 9th, despite the elevated pitch count and the rough 8th inning. He’s well rested, I suppose …
In any case, in the 9th inning, after striking out Austin Barnes, Davis walked Chris Taylor to bring Cody Bellinger to the plate, with – gulp – Justin Turner looming on deck.
And then the best possible outcome happened:
You need two? Wade Davis will get you two. pic.twitter.com/YrzjbgKlvf
— MLB (@MLB) October 19, 2017
That couldn’t have been thrown out there more perfectly. Cubs win! Cubs win! They live to fight another day.
Oh, you thought you had a sweep? pic.twitter.com/rXycDqy0aq
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) October 19, 2017