I genuinely can’t believe what I just saw.
When the Cubs began the ninth inning with Patrick Wisdom reaching first base on a dropped third strike, it felt like their third straight loss was just around the corner. Yeah, Wisdom got on, but it was his third strikeout of the game, and before that, the Cubs looked about as lifeless as they pretty much ever have. Meanwhile, the Kris Bryant hamstring injury was looming over us, promising to make a bad night worse. And everyone was clearly focused on Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
But then something kind of wild happened.
Nico Hoerner singled and Wisdom reached third on a throwing error by Paul DeJong. Then Jake Marisnick walked to load the bases. Then Sergio Alcantara walked, then Anthony Rizzo walked, then Javy Baez hit a two-RBI single to bring it within one run, and then IAN HAPP PUT THE CUBS ON TOP WITH A TWO-RBI DOUBLE DOWN THE RIGHT FIELD LINE. After that, Craig Kimbrel did his thing (including two strikeouts) and that was that.
For once – finally – it was not a fake rally. They actually did it. The Cubs actually came back from a massive deficit in the 9th inning to win a game. Unreal.