Extra Innings, Because of Course: Brewers 4, Cubs 3

It's a beautiful day here in Seattle. Mid 60's, lots of sun...doesn't get much better. We decided to take advantage by hitting the golf course early this morning and getting in 18. Out here, the Cubs game started at 10am. This meant that I not only got to play golf, I got to watch the Cubs game on my phone for the first few innings.

This game was filled with amazing pitching on both sides, timely hitting, and solid fundamentals. In the bottom of the 1st, it looked like it was going to be a rough day for Hendricks who gave up 2 straight singles with 1 out, and then a 2-out RBI single to Eric Thames for the Brewers 1st run. But through it all, Kyle was able to come back in the inning to get Stephen Vogt for the final out. Crisis averted.

Ian Happ and the Cubs wasted no time in getting the run back in the top of 2nd. After 2 singles to lead of the inning from Willson Contreras and Albert Almora, Happ came through with a RBI single with 2 outs to tie the game.

After each team squeezed across a run a piece, the offensive action completely died out. It was the work of starters Kyle Hendricks and Brent Suter that kept both teams bats in check. Hendricks finished the day with 6 strikeouts and, while Suter didn't have the sexy boxscore, the Cubs were held in check until the 8th inning.

The 8th started out hot for the Cubs. After a Ian Happ double and a Heyward walk, Jon Jay laid down an absolutely beautiful bunt that allowed both runners to advance. Then, a clutch sacrifice fly by Kris Bryant, plated Happ to take a 2-1 lead.

Wade Davis came out for the save in the bottom of 9th. The game looked to be in hand with a guy that had 38 straight appearances without a blown save to his name. But there wouldn't be a 39th. Orlando Arcia, the first batter of the inning, took Davis deep to tie the game 2-2. It gave me, and I'm sure many other Cubs fans the sweats as the homer looked eerily similar to Rajai Davis' bomb in Game 7 of the World Series.

Woof.

All wasn't lost, however. The Cubs went right back to work in the 10th, again putting together a "textbook run" (if there is such a thing). Happ again was involved as he leadoff the inning with a walk. After a Jason Heyward sacrifice, Jon Jay singled home Happ to take the 1-run lead. But the drama was far from over.

Maddon opted for Davis to come back out into the bottom of the 10th and try to close out the game (again). After striking out the first batter, my arch-nemesis Ryan Braun, doubled. But, to be honest, the extra base didn't even matter as Travis Shaw took wade deep to walk it off in extras. Ugh.

The Brewers playoff hopes are still alive I guess.

 


Source: FanGraphs

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  • Ugh!

  • A great game. Love late September meaningful games. So much pressure and fun. I hope people realize we are in great shape. I'd rather be in our position then the other 2.

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    100% agree. The Cubs don't have to wait for an unlikely losing streak.

  • Thanks for the quick recap but I believe the headline should read Brewers 4 Cubs 3. I feel Maddon has gone to the well too often these last 8 days but I understand as only Davis has been a constant out of the BP for the Team.

    Since coming to the Cubs this has been by far the most usage of Wade has seen over an 8 day stretch.

  • In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    I mentioned yesterday how Joe needs to learn from past experiences, but now he's treating Davis like he did Chapman last year; he had multiple options, instead of leaving Davis in another inning.......God-willing Joe will start to figure it out, and / or the players will pick him up............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Two blown saves in one game is that a record?

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Can you blow your OWN save?

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    In reply to Treebeard:

    No, you can't.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Efficient!

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    In reply to Treebeard:

    Just to play devil's advocate what do you suppose he learned about the "error of his ways" with Chapman in the WS last year?

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    You all seem to be screaming at Maddon but it is the statistical baseball gods you would be hollaring at, the 'law of averages' engraved in stone states that you can't beat a team three times at in in xtra's especially with a closer running a perfect close streak, it's the law laid down by the statistical baseball gods. It's that simple. Cards lost Cubs still up 5 in loss column w/ only 8 remaining.

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    In reply to rnemanich:

    I don't think that is quite how it works, rnemanich. If I understand it correctly what most people call "law of averages" is actually called "regression to the mean." And that doesn't "guarantee" the the number will return to the "mean" but that it will "tend to" do so. If it truly meant that things would go to the mean ALL teams would end up around .500. So there is NOTHING about it that says that a team can't be beaten 3x in extra innings. Just like flipping a coin 9 times and each one coming up "heads" doesn't mean that the coin "owes" you a "tails." That flip is still 50-50.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I was having fun with the unpredictability of baseball's individual anomolies and our angst of not winning. Indeed Maddon's gambling that Davis would still get 3 more outs was a gamble. now Davis is out today and probably tomorrow.

    Cubs got what they wanted in Milwaukee let us see if they can win the sausage race too by winning today.

  • Tough loss the cubs were on the opposite end of the last 2 games so be it

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    The last 3 games could have gone either way. I felt awful when we lost today, but we have won 2 of 3 and as I said we could very well have been 0-3, and the Brewers could have won the last 4 games. But there's a reason that they haven't and we have--talent, and actually talent with experience. Teams lose for a variety of reasons--oh, if he had only caught that ball (see Bears reference) but he didn't because he doesn't have the talent of someone else.
    So let's win tomorrow and take 3 of 4.
    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    And luck. Lots of luck.

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    In reply to Stubbs:

    There is a certain amount of luck. But luck tends to even out for a team over the course of a season and the talent shines through.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    The Cubs have been really good lately at small ball. Yesterday too!. We found out last night how Brewers fans have been feeling. It was a tough loss and Anderson can be hard to beat today, but we are in pretty good position to win the division. Those were big wins going 2-0 the first games of this series.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    I don't think that this loss by the Cubs feels anything REMOTELY like the last couple of nights have felt for the Brewers and their fans. We've been there. Fighting for your playoff lives and having to watch the team you are chasing hand you a couple extra-inning losses that you led late. No, there is no worse feeling than that.

  • Pirates just hit the Cardinals with a snowman in the first inning.....:)

  • Pirates up 9-3 on st louis in the 4th with cole pitching so that's somewhat of a consolation

  • I'm actually sensing a lot of angst, like there is a real possibility this could go south. I think not.

    For the first three decades of my Cubs fandom things were bad. It would always go wrong. Cubbie occurrences and what not. But not anymore. I do not see us giving up anything. The new Cubs normal, if you will.

    I admit to drinking too much of many things, and maybe this time it is the Cubs Kool-Aid, but I'm pretty intoxicated in the current Cubs window. And I can get used to this state of perpetual awesomeness:

    "I have become comfortably numb".

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I am actually not nervous at all. I came into the series thinking if we can split it this whole blessed thing is over. They have already achieved that. I honestly shrugged and said, "WOW, 3 games in a row decided in the 10th inning." That is as far as my thought process went. It is mathematically possible for the Brewers and Cardinals to catch the Cubs. But it is getting harder and harder to come up with plausible scenarios where it happens.

    Here is how I look at it. The Cardinals and the Brewers are each 5 games back in the loss column I believe. The Cubs/Cards have 9 games left (I believe) and the Brewers have 8. Depending on tie-breakers they each have to get 5 fewer losses than the Cubs in the next 9 games. Not 5 losses but 5 FEWER losses than the Cubs. So if the Cubs go 4-5 in the next 9 (a figure I see as unlikely) both the Cardinals OR the Brewers would have to win out (they can't both because, as has been pointed out before, they play eachother). The odds of that are pretty small. I find it not implausible that the Cubs could win today, split with STL and then only likely need to win 1 game against CIN.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I think your numbers are off a bit. Cubs/Cards have 8 games left. Brewers have 7 left. Magic number is 4.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    You are correct. But with fewer games that is even more to my point.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I don't think I have ever replird to you. Dang you know your music and always come up with the right lyrics. I'm guessing you are older, because some stuff I dont know. I'm 40. By the way, Floyd is one of my favorite bands.

  • Cardinals lost. The magic number has gone from 5 to 4. We are still in very good shape. Everybody needs to be calm.

  • In reply to John57:

    I'm not so sure, John. This is Cubs Den, universally known as the epitome of Cubs wisdom. I've read here that the Cubs will fold and the DirtyBirds win out. I heard it here first.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    The magic number is not official until I hear from Norway. You might be right though, but I'm still waiting.

  • In all seriousness, one point I think didn't get nearly the coverage it deserved was Rondon's return last night. That was impressive, and I wasn't sure if he'd be back this year or not. Apparently he has some elbow inflammation and bone spurs, but nothing structurally wrong. Pure speculation, but he may need a clean-out procedure in the off-season.

    His re-emergence would be huge. I am beginning to form my postseason roster, and right now I only have two RH relievers in Strop and Edwards. I don't see how Uehara has time to come back and prove himself. I believe he is done. A healthy and effective Rondon pumping up 100 MPH gas would be huge.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Should have probably been brought in for the 10th. Hope Joe doesn't ruin Davis like he did Chapman.

  • In reply to willycat:

    Rondon hadn't pitched in a while. We need him healthy. No need to run him out on consecutive nights. We are not yet at the "all-hands-on-deck, win-now" mode, but we will soon be, and I'd like to have a healthy Rondon as an option.

  • OT: I was working at a good friends house today. He has a special needs 12-year-old daughter. Her school class is going on an overnight camping trip a week from now. It is like the coolest thing they have ever done. She has been packing and planning for the time of her life.

    Unfortunately, her best friend is unable to go. They do everything together. His mother showed up at the house today and explained how she had been sick, missed a paycheck, and couldn't afford the $50 fee. Both children were heartbroken.

    Of course my friend and I nearly cried our eyes out, but came up with a plan. Those two kids are going to sweep the floor I'm laying tomorrow, and are going to tote some building materials in our project. And he's going to go camping. The look on their faces made me happier than the last two extra-innings victories.

    Pay it forward, ya'll. It makes a difference, and it feels so good.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    BP, you really are a good person. You could have given them the $50 and they would have been very happy but you did one better. You let them earn it and taught them to feel good about themselves because they earned it and not just given it. Kudos to you, and to those 3 magic words--pay it forward!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Agree, well done, BP, especially that the children worked for it.

    We agree to keep politics out of this, and I will, except to say that the saddest part of your story is "she had been sick, missed a paycheck".

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    In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    I don't think that is too far into politics. I don't think anyone, on either side of the "aisle" would think that was a good or OK thing.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Good for you.

    On a related note, I hope everyone keeps in mind the 3.4 million U.S. citizens that look like they are going to be without power for the next 4+ months. The situations in TX and FL are bad, but the people of PR are going to be desperate. There is so little info right now, but once opportunities for assistance become available, I would encourage all to do whatever they can.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    All-Star move sir.....you couldn't have done it better! I like hearing stories like that even more than good Cub news because what you did.........is the REAL world:)

  • Indeed, PIT beat StL. MIL is now in 2nd place, 4.5 games back, StL is 5 back, and the Magic Number for clinching the division is now 4.

    COL lost to SD, so MIL is 1 game back for tbe 2nd WC, StL 1.5 games back.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Just curious, but do you really live in Norway?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Yup, about 20 min from downtown Oslo.

    Why would you question this?

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    FWIW, I grew up in Wheaton. My father and especially his mother were Cubs fans. I think my first game at Wrigley was when I was 5, in 1966. Cubs lost to StL (of course). The collapse of 1969 still resonates, I emigrated to Norway 22 years ago.

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    In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    I might have mentioned this before but in the 70's I lived at Kringsja and worked at West End Peppe's pizza restaurant. It was ved siden av Frogner Park. Do you know if it's still there?
    I spent a total of a little over 2 years there (2 trips). It was the best thing I could have done after graduating college.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Sorry, fell asleep. Not questioning, just think that's pretty cool; what's it like living in Norway?

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    Anyone else think giving Shaw a free pass in the 10th might have been a good idea, given his stats?? Just curious what others think. Coulda, woulda, shoulda doesn't work here, but wondering what others might have done in that situation. Let's take 3 today! (And pray for a Bears miracle.)

  • In reply to TeacherluvsCubs:

    Naw, I wouldn't have......that is why you play the game. Sometimes they are just going to beat you, it happens and is why they are in the Major Leagues. From a stat or maybe more so a probability standpoint.....the guy is yes....a slugger but.....his 30 some odd homeruns have come in how many at bats? 450 maybe? I didn't look it up but if so what is that? 1 out of 15 times he is gonna get you.

    Tip the cap and move on....nobody likes to lose but I sure more than like our position now. We will lock it up this week, some of the kids will get some playing time and we get some needed time off to setup for Washington.

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    Wick...totally agree with you. I'm not worried about achieving the magic number needed; total confidence in the next week. A friend had just said the he would have walked Shaw, so I was just curious what others thought. I have two daughters that played ASA softball for almost 12 years each, and yep, some days the other team is either better or luckier. You learn and move on to the next game! (Also feel it wasn't Davis' "fault" like Joe said; again, plenty of scoring opportunities that we didn't capitalize on and should have.)

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    Javy not starting today. AA in CF. Otherwise the lineup is pretty much the same.
    I'm on the fence about Baez at 2b & Russell at SS from here on out. Maybe because I've seen too much awesome Javy at SS. Not knocking Russell's D.
    Rizzo needs a day off, but they need him til the Reds series. The only problrm is that he destroys Reds pitching and that may determine if they want to clinch now(hopefully), clinch without him, or wait til Cincy. I say clinch now, then rest him. F the WC, we're taking the division.
    If Maddon puts in Davis tonight, he's an idiot.

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    In reply to Wrigley0923:

    You're right, Rizzo might need a day off, but we're so close to clinching that I think Joe will play him every day. Once we clinch we can rest him and also there are a few days for the WC games to play.

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