Thursday’s game between AL Central rivals the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals was drama filled up through the 11 innings it took for them to play it.
The Cardinals struck in the first on a single to right by Yadier Molina who plated Matt Holliday. It was the third straight single allowed in the first by Jon Lester who’d already allowed one each to Holliday and Brandon Moss.
The Cardinals added on in the sixth on a monster solo-shot by Moss making the score 2-0 but the Cubs came back to score three of their own in the bottom of the inning to take the lead (I’ll get back to this in a moment!).
St. Louis struck back in the top of the seventh, tying the game on a pinch-hit home run by Randal Grichuk off of Travis Wood who had replaced Lester in the top of the inning,
The score remained tied until the 11th. With Zach Duke on the mound for the Cardinals he allowed back to back singles to Wilson Conteras and Jorge Soler before walking Dexter Fowler and retiring Javier Baez and striking out Kris Bryant.
Anthony Rizzo then drew a walk on five pitches that allowed Conteras to score. The final pitch was highly questionable. It appeared to have actually been a strike but the Cubs are hot right now and when things are going your way – little things like that call also follow. It marked the Cubs first 10-game win streak since 2001.
But back to the sixth inning scoring. This is where you KNEW things would work out for the Cubbies. It’s likely the most improbable hit that anyone has ever seen and will likely be on highlight reels for years to come.
Chris Coghlan plated both Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant on a line drive single to right. While not always easy to do- getting a two RBI single – that wasn’t the remarkable part.
Coghlan had his back to Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez attempting to call for time. It was a call he didn’t get. Martinez threw an 82 MPH changeup that gave Coghlan time to turn around, get both hands on the barrel of the bat and swing, sending the ball flying (and dropping) into right field.
Seriously, this is a must see video. It tied the game for the Cubs who never were behind again until they won until the bottom of the 11th on the walk-off walk.
Check out this remarkably improbable hit by the Cubs’ Chris Coghlan: