Cubs Complete Miraculous 9th Inning Comeback to Win NLDS (Videos + Tweets)
Talk about dramatics.
Trailing 5-2 heading into the ninth inning of Game 4, the Chicago Cubs appeared to be on the verge of blowing their 2-0 NLDS lead over the San Francisco Giants. Everyone thought this series was headed for a decisive Game 5 back at Wrigley. And many were already bringing up memories of Steve Bartman and the “Curse of the Billy Goat”:
REPORT: Steve Bartman was spotted walking a Billy Goat and a black cat just outside AT&T Park
— NOT Baseball Tonight (@NOTMLBTonight) October 12, 2016
Is curse of the Billy Goat still alive? pic.twitter.com/y7jTI8QBJB
— Marc Moser (@RadioMoser) October 12, 2016
Somewhere Steve Bartman is petting a billy goat right now
— Kenny Martsolf (@TheKennyM) October 12, 2016
But then it happened.
Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore had just pitched eight terrific innings of two-run ball, but he made way for the bullpen in the ninth. And they proceeded to blow the Giants’ three-run lead.
It started with Derek Law giving up a single to Kris Bryant. He made way for Javier Lopez, who walked Anthony Rizzo. Lopez made way for Sergio Romo, who gave up a double to Ben Zobrist, scoring Bryant and moving Rizzo to third.
Chris Coughlan was then called in to pinch hit for Addison Russell, but when the Giants brought Will Smith in to take over for Romo, the Cubs countered with rookie catcher Wilson Contreras at the plate instead. And the move paid off for Joe Maddon and the Cubs:
That single made it 5-5, and after a fielder’s choice and an error, the Giants called in their fifth pitcher of the inning, Hunter Strickland, to face Javier Baez with one out and Jason Heyward at second:
6-5 Cubs. Who would have thought?
David Ross hit into a double-play in the following at-bat and Aroldis Chapman made sure that was the last of the craziness, as he struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to send the Cubs to their second straight NLCS.
A win like this is bound to have many believing the Cubs are destined to win their first World Series since 1908. But there are still a few teams who will have something to say about that.
In the meantime, I’m sure the Cubs and their fans will enjoy their latest victory. They deserve it.