WILD Finish In St. Louis: Javy Baez Homers To Give Cubs The Lead In The 14th, Dexter Fowler Walks It Off In The Bottom Half

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Baseball’s the fuckin’ best, man. From the sixth inning until the FOURTEENTH inning, the Cubs and Cardinals were locked in a 2-2 tie until Javy Baez stroked his ninth home run of the season out to dead center to plate Chicago’s first run since the FOURTH inning. Luke Farrell, John Farrell’s son, came out for the bottom of the 14th, struck out the first two batters that he faced, gave up a base hit to Harrison Bader, had two strikes on Dexter Fowler, and then gave up a walk-off two-run homer that bounced off the top of the goddamn fence.

I mean, that game was over. Cubs had that thing won. And I’m not even rubbing it in, as I’ve obviously got no dog in the fight. But that thing was over. Two outs, two strikes, offense had been about as rare as playoff baseball in Seattle, and then next thing ya know, the Cardinals are celebrating at home plate. That was NUTS. Chicago has now dropped five straight, while the Cards have now won five straight.

The Cubs head back to Wrigley for a six-game home stand against the Marlins and White Sox, so things could be worse. But they came into the weekend a half-game behind the Cardinals and a full game behind the Brewers, and now they’re three and a half back of the first place Cardinals, two games back of the Brewers, and a game behind the Pirates of all teams. Long season, though. The Cubs will bounce back.