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Cubs' post-season extra-inning games, Part 2

Second of 3 posts about the Cubs' extra-inning games in the post season.

They played a 12-inning tie against the Tigers in the 1907 World Series, beat the Athletics in 10 innings in 1910 and lost to the Tigers in 11 innings in 1935.

Each of those games was described in Part 1.

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OCTOBER 8, 1945

At Chicago

World Series, Game 6

Cubs 8, Tigers 7 (12 innings)

Japan had surrendered on Aug. 14 and signed official surrender papers on Sept. 2, but several changes made to baseball during World War II remained in effect.

One of those involved where the games were played: the first 3 at one team's park, then the rest at the other team's.

Many of the game's best players still were serving in the military. When long-time Chicago sports writer Warren Brown was asked whether the Cubs or Tigers would win the Series, he replied, "I don't think either one of them can win it."

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The Cubs were favored, in large part because they had won 98 games, 10 more than the Tigers. Shutout victories at Detroit in the first and third games of the Series meant the Cubs needed only to win twice in up to 4 games at home.

But they gave up 4 runs in the fourth inning of Game 4 and lost, 4-1, then gave up 4 more in the the sixth inning of Game 5, falling behind 5-1, and lost again, 8-4.

One more loss and the Series would be over.

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In the second inning of Game 6, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead on a bases-loaded walk by Claude Passeau.

The Cubs had stranded a runner in the first. They got a leadoff single in the second who was erased in a 1-out double play. Singles in the third and fourth were wasted, too.

The Tigers had loaded the bases again in the third, when Passeau issued a 2-out walk to rival pitcher Virgil Trucks. But this time Passeau coaxed a fly out, keeping the score 1-0.

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BUNTS PROPEL RALLY

Mickey Livingston opened the Cubs' fifth with a single. Roy Hughes bunted and beat the throw to first. Passeau then laid down a bunt that was picked up by Trucks. His throw to third was too late to force out Livingston, loading the bases.

Stan Hack smacked a hit to center, scoring Livingston and Hughes to put the Cubs in front, 2-1. On the throw home, the runners moved to second and third.

They stayed there on a groundout and an intentional walk, then both came home on a single by Phil Cavarretta.

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The Cubs blanked the Tigers in the sixth, but at a price. A smash by Jimmy Outlaw struck Passeau's pitching hand. He gave up a single to the next batter, putting runners on the corners, then fired a called third strike to keep the score 4-1.

It became 5-1 when Livingston and Hughes hit back-to-back doubles against new reliever Tommy Bridges to begin the bottom of the inning.

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The Tigers' leadoff man was safe on an error. He advanced to second on a grounder, then tried to score on a single, only to be thrown out. But Passeau, clearly laboring, walked slugger Hank Greenberg, and after yielding an RBI single to the next batter left the game.

Reliever Hank Wyse gave up a run-scoring single, too, making the score 5-3. A groundout ended the inning.

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QUICK RESPONSE

The Cubs soon restored their 4-run lead. With 1 out, Peanuts Lowrey singled and Cavarretta walked. With 2 out, Bill Nicholson walked. Livingston walked, too, forcing in a run, and Hughes followed with an infield single that made the count 7-3.

That lead disappeared in a hurry in the top of the eighth.

A walk, a double and an error brought the Tigers to within 7-4.

A single made it 7-5. The batter was thrown out trying for second, but a runner remained on third.

Ray Prim replaced Wyse. The first batter he faced lined a fly to left, scoring the runner: 7-6.

The second, Greenberg, slammed a home run: 7-7.

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Dizzy Trout relieved for the Tigers in the bottom of the inning. A walk, a bunt and a grounder put a runner on third but Cavarretta flied out.

Hank Borowy took over on the mound for the Cubs in the top of the ninth. A pair of 1-out singles put runners on first and third. When Trout grounded to short, the lead runner headed for the plate and was tagged out. A popup preserved the tie.

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Andy Pafko, leading off the Cubs' half, hit a double. After 2 outs and an intentional walk, Borowy came to the plate. He made contact but his fly was caught in center, sending the game into extra innings.

Each team got a single in the 10th, then hit into an inning-ending double play.

Each went 1-2-3 in the 11th.

The Tigers got a 2-out single in the 12th. Moments later, the runner was caught stealing.

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GREAT BUT OBSCURE

The first batter for the Cubs grounded out.

Lennie Merullo had taken over at shortstop for Hughes in the 10th. He was due up next, but he had been injured while making the tag on the attempted steal.

Up stepped Frank Secory -- "a great guy, but obscure this season," according to Edward Burns' story on the front page of the next day's Chicago Tribune.

"Secory startled Trout and thousands of others by lining a whistling single to left center," Burns wrote. "Billy Schuster, a fleet footed gent who has specialized this season in pinch running, went to first to run for Secory."

Schuster became the 38th player in the game. No more than 29 had taken part in any previous World Series contest.

He remained on first as Borowy struck out.

"[W]ith Trout bearing down first base seemed like a long way from home, tho[ugh] Hack, the next batsman, went to the plate with a record of three singles and two runs, the Cubs' first two, batted in."

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RED-FACED GREENBERG

On a 1-2 pitch, Hack lined a ball to left.

"There never was any question about it being hit," Burns explained. "The caliber of the shot seemed up to Greenberg, the home run feller.

"Hank charged the ball and appeared to have a good chance to halt Schuster at second base, certainly at third. As Greenberg bent forward to seize the ball, it bounded over his shoulder and on toward the wall.

"Before he had a chance to recoup, Schuster had reached the plate with the winning run -- the run that sent thousands of fans reaching for cash to join the scramble for tickets for tomorrow's game, which will be [for] the world championship, whoever wins."

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The 3 official scorers, including Burns, originally ruled that the walk-off play was a single and charged Greenberg with an error. Five hours later, after hearing from multiple sources that the ball had taken a strange hop before eluding Greenberg, they took away the error and awarded Hack a double.

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Borowy had pitched the final 4 innings of the 3-hour, 28-minute drama, allowing 4 hits and no runs. Nonetheless, he started Game 7 -- and lasted only 3 batters, each of whom singled, the third scoring a run.

With 2 outs and the bases loaded, Paul Derringer walked in a run, then Paul Richards cracked a 3-run double, making the score 5-0.

The Cubs never came closer than 4 runs, as they lost, 9-3.

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OCTOBER 1, 1998

At Atlanta

Division Series, Game 2

Braves 2, Cubs 1 (10 innings)

From 1946 to 1983, the Cubs did not play a single post-season game.

In 1984, they lost the NL Championship Series to the Padres, 3 games to 2.

Five years later, they fell to the Giants, 4 games to 1.

None of the games required extra innings.

In 1998, the Cubs faced the Giants again -- in a 163rd game, needed to resolve a tie for the single Wild Card berth in the post season. The Cubs had dropped 6 of their final 8 games, but managed to beat the Giants, 5-3.

Two days later, they began the best-of-5 NLDS at Atlanta.

The Cubs were big underdogs, having won only 90 games, to the Braves' 106. So it was no surprise in Game 1 when the Cubs mustered only 5 hits, against John Smoltz and 2 relievers, and the Braves rolled to a 7-1 victory.

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SO CLOSE TO VICTORY

Hits were hard to come by the next night as well. Tom Glavine allowed only a walk through the first 5 innings. Just 1 Cub hit a ball beyond the infield.

But Mickey Morandini and Scott Servais singled to open the sixth, pitcher Kevin Tapani advanced them with a bunt, and Morandini scored the game's first run on a groundout by Lance Johnson.

Tapani retired 3 in a row in the bottom of the sixth,.

In the seventh, he worked around a 2-out single and steal; in the eighth, a 2-out walk.

He began the ninth by getting a fly out. Javy Lopez, up next, took a ball, then blasted a home run into the seats in left field.

Two outs later, the game headed for the 10th inning.

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DEBATABLE CALL

Glenallen Hill led off the Cubs' half by drawing a walk from closer Kerry Ligtenberg. After he was bunted to second, Morandini was walked intentionally.

When Cubs Manager Jim Riggleman picked Henry Rodriguez to bat for Servais, Braves Manager Bobby Cox replaced Ligtenberg with Odalis Perez. Riggleman then called back Rodriguez in favor of Jeff Blauser.

With the count 1-2, Hill stole third.

With the count 3-2, Morandini took off for second. Blauser swung and missed and Morandini was called out as he slid into the base.

Morandini popped up and argued heatedly with umpire Randy Marsh, insisting that shortstop Walt Weiss had missed the tag. Marsh ignored Morandini and the rally was thwarted.

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BUNGLED BUNT

Tapani had allowed 5 hits in 9 innings. Now he gave way to Terry Mulholland. He got a lineout, then walked Weiss. Pinch hitter Tony Graffanino bunted the first pitch toward the right side, the ball rolling between Mulholland first baseman Mark Grace.

"Grace fielded the ball and flipped to Mulholland, who was running perpendicular to the bag and didn't notice that second baseman Mickey Morandini was in position to cover," Paul Sullivan wrote in the Tribune. "Mulholland missed the bag by inches, allowing Graffanino to reach and putting runners on first and second."

After the game, Mulholland told the media, "I should've gotten out of the way. I didn't know Mickey was there. I was looking over my shoulder and lost sight of the base."

Chipper Jones rapped Mulholland's next pitch into the left field corner, Weiss motored home without a throw and the Cubs lost, 2-1.

"I beat us," Mulholland said afterwards. "They didn't beat us. They were the recipients of what I did tonight."

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KERRY, THEN TERRY

Two days later, at Wrigley Field, the Braves tallied a third-inning run on a passed ball while Jones was at the plate.

Mulholland succeeded Kerry Wood in the sixth and retired 6 straight batters.

But he yielded a single and walked Jones to begin the eighth. Rod Beck came in and got 1 out, then allowed an RBI single. An intentional walk set the stage for a grand slam that made the score 6-0.

The final count was 6-2, ending the series in the minimum of 3 games.

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TOMORROW: 2 extra-inning games in the same series

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