Giants Beat Cubs in Bonkers 13-Inning Marathon to Stave Off Elimination (Videos)
On Monday the Cubs rolled into San Francisco’s AT&T park looking to sweep a postseason series for the first time since 1907. However, the North Siders are going to have to wait at least one more series, as the Giants held on to win a bonkers 13-inning game that lasted five hours and featured five doubles, two triples, and two homers.
The insanity started early. In the top of the second, Cubs ace Jake Arrieta gave Chicago a 3-0 lead when he crushed a pitch from postseason demigod Madison Bumgarner into the left field bleachers. Incredibly, it was the second postseason homer by a Cubs pitcher in as many games.
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After that the Giants scored runs in the third and fifth to make it 3-2. Then in the eighth, with two on, one out, and the Cubs’ flamethrowing closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound, Conor Gilllaspie ripped a ball into triples alley, giving the Giants a 4-3 lead:
The Giants tacked on another run after that to make it 5-3. But the Cubs didn’t quit. In the top of the ninth, with one on, nobody out, and Giants closer Sergio Romo on the mound, Kris Bryant tied the game with a moonshot to left that bounced off the top of the wall and into the stands:
In the bottom of the ninth the clutch plays continued. With a runner on first and one out, Buster Posey blasted a line drive to right that had game-winner written all over. However, Albert Almora, the guy who couldn’t manage to track down Gillaspie’s triple one inning earlier, covered a whopping 58 feet to make an incredible diving catch and send the game into extra innings:
Albert Almora Jr. diving catch pic.twitter.com/u4aUQcSlCf
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Finally, in the 13th inning, after five hours and four minutes of thrilling October baseball, Joe Panik won the game for the Giants with a double off the wall in right field:
That was one hell of a game. Cubs fans would have preferred a sweep, if for no other reason than to avoid that sinking feeling that everything might unravel as they always seem to do. But the rest of us are thrilled we get to watch these teams go at it again tonight.