The Cobs Did Joyful, Beautiful, and Never-Done-Before Things in That 9th Thing Comeback


With an offense that was consistently working its 18th scorching innings, and one of the best pitchers in baseball on the mound, the Cubs were toast last night. And it is the real sense that made Actually So incredible.

Opening in the 9th inning, Kyle Schwarber, a lefty and perhaps desperate against Hyder, tried to make his way to the base. He also tried it with two strikes. He fouled the ball, and that was a strike. It really fit the tone of the last two nights.

But then with one out and two shab downs, JV Bayez sent a liner for a single from Josher. Cold. When you’re talking about Heather, it’s good for Baze’s psyche, but not super meaningful. Then, under two strikes, Anthony Rizzo – shirtless under his jersey and sporting his two huge chains – rushed down a hard slider to right field for his own single. I started thinking about the possibilities myself.

Specifically, I wanted to see Billy Hamilton running there – granted a wish – and then I wanted to see Hamilton take a shot at number two. My thinking was that it was not so impossible to get anything more than one single of the header that was the only real shot to tie Shab in the game, to get Hamilton into scoring position.

But Hamilton never went. He danced to first base for a few minutes, and with Jason Hayward down 1-2 in the count, it looked like a window to steal, while Hayward had already lost a chance of something happening.

Well, I was very wrong about what could happen to Hyder, of which the Left is hitting .122 / .224 / .258 for his career. Hayward found a well-placed inside fastball and completely wrecked it to give the Cubs an edge. Then, for good measure, the new cub Ildemaro Vargas was going back from behind with a shot of his wreck:

My mind was getting worse. It was one of those beautiful baseball moments where I just couldn’t believe what I was watching on the flat. Such a comeback against Josh Hyder simply does not happen. I mean, in the rare event it is Over the years, I have celebrated and shared it like huge news, no matter what team it is facing. it is rare! And for a game-changing homer to be lefty with two strikes? Who has Really Happened only once before Hyder.

More fun than the Cubs’ incredible 9th inning …

Reiterating how rare it was:

Not only did he say joking:

A hilarious screenshot and silly art:

Very little return for the Cubs, even when you don’t refer to who the pot was:

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