I didn’t realize when I researched this series that I had written up this very game as part of a different series during baseball’s hiatus last spring.
In reading over that article, I didn’t find anything I wrote just five months ago that I felt I could re-write better now.
Here, though, is how the 10th inning of that game set up before Avila’s hit:
Osuna struck out Kyle Schwarber, but Schwarber reached on a wild pitch. Ben Zobrist singled Schwarber to third, and a second wild pitch brought Kyle home to make it 5-4. Zobrist took second on the wild pitch and third on a groundout. Then Osuna struck out Javier Baez, but Javy reached on Osuna’s third wld pitch of the inning. Jays catcher Raffy Lopez, a former Cubs prospect, delayed throwing to first, allowing Baez to reach, although Zobrist had to hold at third. Before this game Osuna had thrown one wild pitch the entire 2017 season. Now he had three more — in the space of four batters!
Baez stole second and Jason Heyward was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.
Still gives me goosebumps. You can read the rest of the details of this game at the link above.
This article concludes this 10-part series; I’ll begin another one soon.