Two runs scored, and Gillaspie pulled in with a triple. Had Chapman’s pitch sailed high? Gillaspie gave us that shrug. “I couldn’t tell you; I just swung,” he said. “I couldn’t even tell you where it landed, I was just running.”
It was that kind of night for the Cubs. This team was the National League’s regular-season powerhouse, a 103-game-winning beast with young power hitters manning nearly every position and a fine pitching staff. Opening at home, the Cubs grabbed the first two games of this best-of-five series from the Giants. They alighted in San Francisco hoping to administer a coup de grâce.
Then Gillaspie whacked his hit in the eighth inning. And, in the 13th inning, another light-hitting Giant, the…