When the game started off with 4 straight balls from Tyler Chatwood, were you not about to upchuck some Easter eggs?
But then, a teeny miracle.
I was listening to the radio, and Pat said that with the runner on, it forced Chatwood into his abbreviated motion and... strike one.
You could hear the crowd bullshit-cheering the K.
Then.. strike 2 followed by a ground ball double play followed by a ground ball 3rd out.
Only 11 pitches and well, I didn't believe a thing.
The next inning opened with a single and then... a kind of gigantic miracle.
Tyler Chatwood sat the next 14 batters down in a row.
He didn't give up another hit til the 6th, and Joe took him out after he finished the inning.
But you and me... we're thinking well THAT wasn't very expected, this Chatwood guy not just surviving but actually dominating.
Somebody tweeted who'da thunk Chatwood would have a big dominant '19 performance before Darvish?
I had Chatwood so far in the back of my mind that morning, I actually put a Jose Quintana illustration up on Instagram thinking he was pitching on Sunday.
Chatwood was just... taking up space in the bullpen.
But NOW... I mean... Lester's so coming back and probably during this Dodger series so... there's no way Chatwood gets another start, right?
Because if I were Joe Maddon, I might lobby for that to happen somehow.
Like Yu Darvish, Chatwood's trying to fix something, and a huge part of that is finding confidence.
One great start is one great start, but two great starts is a trend.
And then there's Javier Báez. (I just discovered if you push Option e and then a, you can create the accent mark over the "a" in Báez),
He wasn't having the greatest weekend, and nobody was hitting jack against Robbie Ray.
Rizzo got a double and watched the next 3 outs standing on 2nd, and that was kinda it.
But then in the 6th with 2 out, Rizzo got hit by a pitch (looked like his inner thigh and omg that musta hurt like CRAZY).
And El Mago hit one that he thought was so out of here, he admired it for a little and then... uh oh.
Rizzo was sprinting like a defensive end all the way around, and the guys in the outfield think... oh NO IT'S BAEZ HE'S CRAZY HE'LL KEEP RUNNING UNTIL... WHOOPS!
They fumbled the ball out in center right in Baez' field of vision, so of course he doesn't stop at 2nd.
That kinda stuff sticks in your head a little, if you're playing the outfield for Arizona when Javy comes up to bat.
Because it happened AGAIN in the 10th, when Báez hit one barely fair down the first base line and Adam Jones flubs it so Baez gets a double + the error and now he's standing on 3rd with nobody out.
Contreras takes a pitch to the elbow pad like nothin' happened so he's on first when David Bote hits the winner into the outfield.
Cubs 2 Diamondbacks 1.
Bote now has 4 walkoffs (3 hits, 1 walk) in his clutchy young career.
And afterwards he had a shortened hero-interview with Kelly Krull (no Gatorade shower even) because he had to haul to O'Hare, fly to Denver to be with his wife. She was scheduled to be induced to have their baby hours after the game.
Congrats to the Bote's, and hooray for us and the Cubs, back on the winning track and perhaps the best .500 team in baseball.
You saw that the Brewers lost to the Dodgers when Cody Bellinger's lefty bat smacked a homer off Josh Hader (if someone would make a t-shirt that just said, "I HADE HIM", I'd buy it).
This just 2 days after Hader had given up a 3-run dinger to righty bat Enrique Hernandez.
LIke I said earlier, one could be a fluke, two could be a trend.
Anyway, Dodgers take 2 of 3 from the Brewers in Los Angeles, and Tuesday LA comes here.
Milwaukee starts a 3-gamer vs the Cards.
Last last thing.
Tommy La Stella has as many homers as Mike Trout - 6.