Thursday night’s Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game was suspended in the sixth inning with the score knotted at 1-1. It will not be resumed at a later date and will officially go down as a tie. All stats will count.
It’s the first tie in Major League Baseball since June 30, 2005 when an Astros-Reds game ended in a 2-2 draw. The Pirates’ last tie came in 1998 and the Cubs’ last stalemate came in 1993.
Chicago already secured homefield advantage through the playoffs and the Pirates were eliminated from contention long ago. Both teams are departing for games on the road on the season’s final weekend so there’s no pressing need to complete the contest.
Remember tonight the next time someone makes a snide remark about soccer. Ties still remain a part of America’s pastime, even if it takes a perfect storm of events for one to materialize.