Not only are the Chicago Cubs good, but they’re full of the tricks in order to get things done. last night, the Cubs pulled out the stops in a 2-1 13th inning victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Travis Wood got out of a bases loaded pickle in the 12th then in the 13th got the bases loaded walk to seal it.
“Whenever you win a game like that on the road, it really says a lot about your group,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “We hit the ball well all night long. To say you hit the ball well in a 2-1 victory in 13 innings is kind of like, ‘I’m an idiot’ but I’m not. We actually swung the bat really well. Our defense, to coin an old phrase, was Johnny on the spot.”
It’s hard to put grit and baseball together in the same sentence, although the incident in Toronto against the Rangers might say otherwise but the Cubs showed both grit and determination to steal the win from the Brewers.
These kind of victories are going to go a long way towards October. They won’t always be able to score five runs in a game. in fact, it’s their defence that shone through in yesterday’s win. Catcher David Ross seemed to have his cannon in fine working order after he threw out four runners on the path. A couple were trying to steal and another involved a rundown. Not bad for an “Old Guy”
“That’s one of the crazier ones I’ve been a part of,” Ross stated. “Pretty cool to get out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam on the road. That was pretty impressive.
“And for the same guy to get the winning RBI. Pretty neat game.”
Who would have thought that David Ross and Travis Wood could be the heroes in the game? I didn’t, that’s for sure.
“I felt good all night, I swear I did,” Maddon said. “You watch games like that and understand one thing: There’s a lot of awkward stuff that occurred against us and we didn’t quit. That really speaks loudly about your group. The whole team participated in that victory. And when everybody has ownership, that makes everything a little bit better. All the little things we did tonight in a very difficult win, makes the whole thing better. There’s so much energy in victory, it’s incredible.”