The Cubs weren’t able to play last night, but with the Brewers losing 1-0 to the Pirates, the Cubs actually slid back into first place in the NL Central by a very small handful of percentage points. So it was a good night.
And that was before you consider what befell the Cardinals.
After trailing the Phillies for the entire game, the Cardinals managed to tie it in the 9th thanks to a dropped third strike that otherwise would have ended their night. Spirits were undoubtedly high!
And then, in the 10th inning, the Cardinals took the lead on a Tommy Pham homer. How could they lose such a dramatic game?!
… and then this happened in the bottom of the 10th:
WE GOT OURSELVES A WALKOFF!!!
Altherr comes up BIG for the Phillies take the win 6-5 against the Cardinals. pic.twitter.com/BNPTWqpUsu
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) June 19, 2018
Marcell Ozuna made the spur of the moment decision to try to catch a ball that he had almost no chance of catching:
Here's what disaster looks like if you're the Cardinals.
Marcell Ozuna aggressively goes for a ball with a 4% catch probability, and it gets by him for a walk-off two-run double. pic.twitter.com/Dwdda1WkB7
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) June 19, 2018
If he instead simply cuts that one off, a single run scores to tie the game, but the Cardinals live to fight on. Oops.
But that might not even be the most embarrassing part of the loss.
That second run? The one that actually won the game for the Phillies? Mike Matheny had his pitcher intentionally walk that batter. That’s right. The Cardinals intentionally put the winning run on base in extra innings.
Matheny later said he didn’t want to face the Phillies’ best hitter, Carlos Santana, in that spot, and also wanted to set up the double play. It wasn’t entirely unthinkable, but this is the risk you run when you put that winning run on base.