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In three bullpen games in a row, the weird held.
Here's how it felt, though.
To the ninth. Moore is done after 8 IP. 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 10 K's.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) October 12, 2016
Moore was at 120 pitches, but still.
Gillaspie has 2 more hits than the Cubs do tonight. Ross HR and Rizzo single. That's it.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) October 12, 2016
@ESPNChiCubs good call by those SF writers that told you about Moore forcing a game 5.— John Killelea (@JohnKillelea1) October 12, 2016
So if the Giants hold on, what is the play for Maddon and the Cubs to stay loose and ignore the Curse conversation?— Karl Ravech (@karlravechespn) October 12, 2016
Time to panic?
I'm going with yes https://t.co/gZaPBh1Tkk— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) October 12, 2016
@ESPNChiCubs can we start freaking out now Jesse.— Matt Rutt (@Matt_Rutt) October 12, 2016
@ESPNChiCubs Has to be Lester/Cueto again on Thursday, right?— K Why (@chicagoKY) October 12, 2016
Bad starting pitching, bad bullpen, bad baserunning, weak at bats. What happened to the 103-win Cubs?— Ben Finfer (@BenFinfer) October 12, 2016
I haven't given up on this game. And I'm definitely not giving up this series. But I do feel like drinking right now.— Ben Finfer (@BenFinfer) October 12, 2016
Then came the top of the ninth, a half-inning that will long be remembered in Cubs lore.
With all of the former White Sox on the Giants, it appropriate that they have the White Sox bullpen as well.— Tom Cooper (@CSNCoop) October 12, 2016
Chapman in to get 14 outs?— Ben Finfer (@BenFinfer) October 12, 2016
I hope we've all learned he's only good for three, starting with clean inning.
According to @baseball_ref, the Cubs win expectancy when the 9th inning began last night was 3 percent.— Cubs No-Hit Streak (@CubsNoHitStreak) October 12, 2016
Two stats stick out:— Cubs No-Hit Streak (@CubsNoHitStreak) October 12, 2016
1. The Giants twice had starting pitchers go 8 innings with 10Ks ... and lost.
2. MadBum threw 5 of 38 IP for SF.
Okay, now we're a bridge too far.
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