Jed Hoyer could barely contain his excitement during incredible Cubs comeback
Things were not looking promising for the Cubs Tuesday night.
Exciting rookie Hayden Wesneski was only able to get 4 outs and the Cubs were trailing 7-1 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning.
They emerged from the frame with a 9-7 lead in one of the most astounding innings in recent Cubs history.
And president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer was in the Marquee Sports Network booth for every bit of it.
Here’s how the inning unfolded:
—Dansby Swanson singled
—Ian Happ popped out
—Trey Mancini homered, Swanson scored
—Cody Bellinger singled
—Patrick Wisdom walked
—Eric Hosmer singled, Bellinger scored
—Yan Gomes singled
—Nelson Velázquez hit a grand slam
—Nico Hoerner was hit by a pitch and stole second base
—Swanson singled, scoring Hoerner
—Happ hit a ground rule double
—Mancini lined out
—Bellinger flied out
When the dust cleared, the Cubs had plated 8 runs.
“I gotta tell you, I love being up here. It takes such discipline to not yell something,” Hoyer said.
Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Jim Deshaies encouraged Hoyer to let his reactions fly.
“Feel free,” Deshaies quipped.
“Just let it out,” Sciambi added.
The Cubs entered play Tuesday night having lost their last 79 games when trailing by 7 or more runs. Meanwhile, the Mariners became the first team since September 2001 to accomplish this feat:
Courtesy of @ESPNStatsInfo:— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) April 12, 2023
The Mariners are the first team to have a 7-run lead by the 2nd inning and trail by the end of the 3rd since September 27, 2001.
The Cubs have lost their last 79 games when trailing by 7 or more runs.
It was Velázquez’s first career grand slam and the offensive outburst came on the heels of a “significant” win over the Mariners Monday night at Wrigley Field.
“I’m a plus-7 since I got up here,” Hoyer joked before the Cubs added yet another run. “This has been quite an inning. It started off slow and picked up steam. That’s fantastic.”
Check out the video above for the complete inning.