Gregory Polanco tripped and let the walk-off hit fall on Friday. (USATSI)
Friday afternoon’s Cubs–Pirates game at Wrigley Field was a big time thriller. The Cubbies jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the fifth, but the Pirates battled back and tied the game in the top of the ninth. The line score does a decent job depicting the craziness:
The Cubs almost won in the bottom of the 10th, when Matt Szczur popped up to shallow right field with Starlin Castro at third base, but Gregory Polanco threw Castro out at the plate to extend the game. By a comfortable margin too. Castro was out by a mile.
Then, in the 12th inning, it was the exact same situation. Castro at third base, Szczur at the plate, and a routine pop-up to shallow right field. This time, Polanco didn’t catch the ball, because he tripped and fell down. Look:
Speechless. I have no speech. No idea what to say after that. Just … just … just look:
Despite the ugly fall, Polanco is OK. He walked off the field with no problems.
What a game.
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