This game was going to end on the first pitching mistake, and so it did.
SAN FRANCISCO — You know, I think James Norwood is going to be a very good major-league relief pitcher. He throws hard, touches 97 and 98 consistently, locates well, has some good offspeed stuff… but seriously, there isn’t a much more difficult situation for him to be put in than a tie game in extra innings on the road. He did well for an inning-plus, then ran out of gas and Buster Posey singled in the winning run in the 13th inning, and the Cubs lost to the Giants 5-4.
Really, this game could have been over long before that had Mike Montgomery been able to handle a comebacker with two out and a runner on first in the first inning, down 1-0. Instead, Brandon Crawford reached on an infield hit, and two hits later, the Giants had a 4-0 lead.
Obviously, that wasn’t optimal. But the Cubs started chipping away in the third inning, thanks to Jason Heyward [VIDEO].
That ball: Crushed!