Some wins are more fun than others. That's a fact.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon somehow waved his hand over his hat and turned a six-run deficit three innings into Sunday night's game against the Mariners into a puff of smoke and pulled a rabbit out as the Wrigley Field crowd cheered in amazement.
Jon Lester laid down a perfect bunt as Jason Heyward darted down the third base line, slid into home safely and tossed his helmet a mile into the air. When it landed the Cubs had completed their biggest comeback of the season with a 7-6 win in 12 innings.
The final play was not all that different than a series of timely hits, big pitches and quality managerial decisions that proceeded it.
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Lets take a look back at the madness.
The Cubs needed eight pitchers, including Travis Wood twice. Wood pitched in the sixth, headed to left field and ended up making a highlight catch against the ivy.
He then returned to the game to relieve Pedro Strop in the eighth and helped pickoff a runner at first base to end the inning.
The scoring started in the fifth when Ben Zobrist drew a bases loaded walk to score Miguel Montero. The next batter, Addison Russell, was hit by a pitch, sending in Dexter Fowler to cut the lead to 6-2.
Two innings later in the seventh, Fowler walked, stole second as Kris Bryant struck out. He then took third on an Anthony Rizzo fly out. Zobrist stepped up again, this time with a triple to score Fowler and chipping away another run off the Seattle lead, which then stood at 6-3.
After stranding Wilson Contreras at second base in the eighth, it came down to the bottom of the ninth for the Cubs. And they came up big.
Rizzo belted a one-out double off the wall, then advanced to third when Zobrist singled. Russell nailed a clutch hit to left center scoring Rizzo to cut the lead to 6-4, pushing Zobrist to third and then smartly took second base on a poor throw from the outfield. This moment was key as Russell, the tying run got himself into scoring position.
Heyward was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Contreras, who grounded into a fielder's choice that resulted in Heyward being out at second. But Zobrist scored and Russell moved over to the third as the Cubs trailed 6-5 with two outs. Four pitches later Russell scored on a wild pitch by Steve Cishek to even the score.
Matt Sczcur flied out to right and the game would head to extras.
No Cubs reached base in the 10th or 11th, but the magic returned in the bottom of the 12th as Heyward led things off with a double. Contreras flied out to center and Heyward took third. Lester was called on to pinch hit for Rodon and dropped a textbook two-out, two-strike bunt scoring Heyward to complete the comeback victory.
What a win.