The Cubs won 103 games this year and have been ordained by many baseball experts as the frontrunners to win the National League and the World Series.
After last night’s 13 inning, 6-5, loss to the Giants in Game 3 of the National League Division Series, these prognostications are of little consolation to long suffering Cubs fans who feel like they’re trapped in a recurring nightmare.
In the other dugout, the Giants keep coming like the infinite waves of zombies from the Walking Dead. The win is their 10th consecutive in an elimination game under manager and zen master Bruce Bochy. Big players make big plays in big games.
In the 8th inning last night, with Chicago leading 3-2 in the 8th inning, Joe Maddon brought in 100 mph fireballer Aroldis Chapman for the 6 out save, the sweep, and a spot in the National League Championship Series.
It all came crashing down when newly minted Giants’ postseason legend Conor Gillaspie smoked a triple to drive in the tying run and help San Francisco take the lead. The Cubs scored 2 in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 5 apiece and extend the game to extra innings.
The game stretched into the 13th, when second baseman Joe Panik’s two-out double drove in Brandon Crawford for the winning run.
The Giants avoided the sweep and will look to further accelerate the Cubs’ sense of an inevitable collapse by winning Game 4.
If the Cubbies lose the series, they won’t need to look for a scapegoat, they can just keep blaming “the goat.” Just leave poor Steve Bartman alone already.