It's just unbelievable
Can you believe it?
It's time to start believing.
Since the Cubs were swept by baseball's worst team during the last weekend in July - including the first no-hitter pitched against them in 50 years - they have won 11 of 13 games, sweeping both the Brewers and the World Champion Giants.
When the Giants came to Wrigley Field on Thursday, the Cubs trailed them by half a game in the race for the National League Wild Card. By the time they left on Sunday, the Cubs led the Giants by 3.5 games.
The Cubs trailed the Giants for only one inning the entire series, but they weren't all easy victories.
On Thursday, after Kyle Schwarber's three run homer in the 2nd, the Giants climbed to within 1 run before the bullpen allowed just one baserunner in the last three innings. Cubs 5, Giants 4.
The biggest inning of the series was a 5-run fifth inning on Friday, with no home runs and 3 runs scored with 2 outs. It was more than enough, since the Giants managed just one run each in the 7th and 8th and Dexter Fowler put icing on the cake with a solo homer in the 8th for the most lopsided win of the series. Cubs 7 Giants 3.
Saturday - the only game during which the Cubs trailed - things seemed well in hand as the Cubs entered the 9th with an 8-3 lead. But the Giants rallied for 3 in their final inning before Justin Grimm got Matt Duffy to ground to Addison Russell for the final out. Cubs 8 Giants 6.
But the most exciting - and ulcer inducing - win came on Sunday. Jake Arrieta was dominant through 7 2/3 innings, even contributing offensively with a second inning triple. He allowed just 4 hits and no Giants runs before being pulled following a 2-out Matt Duffy single in the eighth. The Cubs had a slim 2-0 lead entering the ninth when the Giants loaded the bases with nobody out. But Hector Rondon settled down to strike out the side in exciting fashion. Cubs 2 Giants 0.
Watch the three most exiting pitches of the game:
As Saturday's game was coming to a close, I responded to a tweet from John Arguello of ChicagoNow's Cubs Den:
— Ed Nickow (@TheCubsInHaiku) August 8, 2015
It's been just over a week since I reacted with a bit of sarcasm to an email I received from the Cubs about post-season tickets. But it's been an unbelievable week since then.
Unbelievable enough that Cubs fans shouldn't be afraid to believe in this team.
After this weekend
It's time to start believing
If you haven't yet
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