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Cubs come inches away in the most insane game of the season

9 months agoTony Andracki

Bounce after bounce went against the Cubs — literally and figuratively.

The end result was a heart-wrenching 7-6 loss in the 13th inning to the Diamondbacks, a team directly behind them in the Wild Card race.

Hayden Wesneski and the Cubs were a strike away from pulling out a thrilling victory when a line drive hit off Wesneski’s side and caromed harmlessly to the infield.

That allowed the tying run to score and the next batter, Gabriel Moreno, drove home the game-winning run with a sharp single to right field.

The Cubs came inches away from an inning-ending out at home plate, too, as Evan Longoria slid in safely just before Yan Gomes’ tag.

It was a wild game all around, as the Cubs tallied a run in the top of the 10th thanks to a bold double steal.

Marcus Stroman pitched the bottom of the 10th after returning from the IL on Friday and throwing 31 pitches in that game. It was the first time in his career he has thrown on back-to-back days. He allowed the tying run but limited the damage to extend the game.

Drew Smyly pulled off a Houdini act in the 12th to escape a bases loaded, 1-out jam in a tie game. The Cubs went to a 5-man infield as Christopher Morel trotted in from center field. Smyly responded with a strikeout and then induced a groundout to get into the 13th inning.

The Cubs got a run in the top of the 13th on an Ian Happ double play but the Diamondbacks were able to squeak out the victory in the bottom half of the inning.

It’s the 4th straight loss for the Cubs, who are now 6.5 games back in the division and only 0.5 game up on the Reds and Diamondbacks in the Wild Card race.

If the Cubs cannot get back in the win column on Sunday, Arizona will overtake them for the second Wild Card spot.

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