Things got weird in the Marlins' 17-inning win against the Cubs
It took only one day in the Major League season to get us to #WeirdBaseball -- that magical time when a ballgame goes past midnight local time and everyone can eat ice cream (You can thank then-writer and podcaster and current Astros director of pro scouting Kevin Goldstein for that one).
When the Marlins started their 2-1 victory over the Cubs, it was Friday ... but when it was all over 17 innings later, it was Saturday. So let's break down this extra-inning madness.
Wondering why no one could score after the two clubs traded runs in the third? Look no further than the excellent defense. After Lewis Brinson collected his first Marlins hit earlier in the game, he robbed Addison Russell of a line drive hit:
Jason Heyward paid that back in the 14th inning -- holding Brinson to just four hits on the day:
Derek Dietrich paid Heyward back for that in the 15th:
And in the 17th, when everyone's legs were probably exhausted, Ian Happ somehow found the energy to race down a ball in center field:
Kyle Hendricks and Caleb Smith both had solid starts. The two of them combined to throw 11 1/3 innings, striking out 13 and giving up two runs.
But they were outdone by the relievers that helped push this game deep into the night. Eddie Butler and Jarlin ("The Marlin") Garcia combined to throw 13 innings with 11 strikeouts and only one run.
Unfortunately for Butler, that lone run was charged to him in the 17th, so he took the loss, even if after pitching was the longest relief appearance by a Cubs pitcher since 1989.
Eddie Butler (7.0 IP): longest #Cubs relief appearance since Scott Sanderson (8.0 IP) on 8/6/1989- Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) March 31, 2018
Full dream logic
Of course, the fullest sign that we had reached the peak of midnight madness were the oddities on display. Derek Jeter became the latest former Yankees infielder to be captured eating popcorn:
Javier Baez began yelling at the baseball:
And Billy the Marlin appeared in pajamas. This is what happens when you fall asleep after eating chili too close to bedtime:
While this game was going on, Johnny Cueto took a perfect game into the 7th inning in Los Angeles. Odrisamer Despaigne decided to pay homage to the grand wiggler with his own version. Just watch how he manages to blow a bubble while shimmying on the mound:
When Miguel Rojas ended the game with a walk-off single, the players stormed the field like they just won the World Series. While they won't be getting a Commissioner's Trophy for this game, they'll be getting something nearly as good: The ability to go to bed.
You can almost hear Cameron Maybin shouting, "I'm going to sleep!"