When Cubs fans found out that their team was going to have to face the San Francisco Giants in the first round of this year’s playoffs it was a sobering moment. This has been an awesome season for the Cubs, but the last team they wanted to face was the playoff-grizzled Giants. And given the fact that it’s an even year, many Cubs fans probably had poop in their pants during Monday night’s game.
Lets start in the 2nd inning when Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta launched a three-run home run off of Mad-Bum. It’s hilarious because usually Bumgarner is the one homering off the opposing pitcher.
The Cubs barely held onto that lead until the 8th inning, which they entered up 3-2. Their shut-down fireballer Aroldis Chapman got into a big of trouble and the Giants had runners on first and second with one out. And that fucking guy again, Conor Gillaspie turned around a 102-mph fastball.
Brandon Crawford followed with an RBI single to knock in Gillaspie, and the Giants now held a 5-3 lead entering the top of the 9th. The Giants stuck with their trusty closer Sergio Romo who threw Kris Bryant one of his patented frisbee sliders that caught too much of the plate, and Bryant launched a game-tying two-run home run.
At this point I thought the Cubs would go on to close out the Giants, because we all know you don’t want to let the Giants stick around in any kind of playoff series. We made it all the way into the 13th inning still tied, until the pride of Yonkers, New York, Joe Panik smashed a walk-off double, helping the Giants stave off elimination.
Cubs fans’ pants are now full of poop and the Giants are still alive in this year’s playoffs. Can’t wait for Tuesday’s game pitting Matt Moore against John Lackey, who both have a decent amount of playoff experience, with Lackey holding the upper hand statistics wise.