Last night’s contest between the Reds and Cubs turned into a 15 inning baseball marathon before my boy Javier Baez pulled the trigger with a grand slam. Still, young Javi’s heroics weren’t the real attention grabber in what was, for all intents and purposes, one of the nuttiest games ever played. Rather, it was the three relief pitchers playing outfield.
The Cubs played three different pitchers in left field in their 15-inning, 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Two of them, lefty Travis Wood and righty Spencer Patton, alternated pitching and playing left in the 14th inning before Wood pitched the 15th while setup man Pedro Strop played left field.
“We were down to almost nothing,” manager Joe Maddon said after using 22 of the 25 players on his roster. “Travis, my God, what an athlete. … Travis made everything possible. He may have had his best stuff all year.”
Wood wasn’t supposed to pitch after he threw in Monday’s game, but once Hector Rondon blew a ninth-inning save opportunity, it was “all hands on deck,” according to the manager.
For starters, that’s some seriously savvy-shit on Maddon’s part. Who knew you could put your pitchers on that kind of carousel? Be honest, posers. Not to mention the fact that he could cue it up as the Cubs are in the midst of a 24-day “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” style run. Secondly, you have to give the pitchers some serious props for being willing to bounce back and forth from the field to the mound like some kind of T-1000s made for baseball. Patton and Wood ended up alternating in the final innings until T-Wood sealed the deal in the 15th. Naturally, the guys were pumped to play a little outfield. Wood really wanted to throw out the Reds potential game-winning run on second.
“I was ready to come up and hose him [throw him out],” Wood said with a laugh. “I don’t know if we would have executed, but I would have given it a try… It was a lot of fun,” Wood said. “I would have liked to record an out [in the outfield]. Showcase my talents out there. Get me a couple of starts.”
The quote of the game came from Pedro Strop, however, the big Dominican who apparently keeps it real in the off-season.
“I play outfield when we play softball in the winter,” Strop said. “I can do it. I would have pimped the final out if it came to me.”
You heard it here, folks. Pedro doesn’t record outs. He pimps those little shits. If the Cubs keep it together and continue trying not to suck, you can bet this division game is going to be a talking point in a few documentaries. Personally, I’ve never seen anything like it. For the sake of Cubs fans’ blood pressure, I sort of hope we never do it again..
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