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On This Day in 2016: Cubs celebrate division crown with Montero’s walk-off

3 years agoKyle Millinowisch

Five years ago, the Cubs embarked on a historic journey that will go down as one of the most impactful seasons in professional sports.

Throughout 2021, we’re taking a look back at some of the best moments from the incredible 2016 campaign.

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There’s no better way to start a division title celebration quite like a walk-off home run.

After tying the game with 2 runs in the 9th inning, Miguel Montero started the party with an opposite field walk-off home run off Blaine Boyer to lead off the 10th inning.

The Cubs clinched the Central the day before on a Cardinals loss in San Francisco. The Cubs had played earlier in the day and lost to the Brewers and thus weren’t able to celebrate until after Montero’s walk-off home run.

Fun Facts

  • This was Montero’s second consecutive year with a walk-off home run against the Brewers, hitting both to left field
  • John Lackey tossed 7 innings striking out 8, lowering his ERA to 3.42
  • Albert Almora hit a game-tying 2-run shot in the 5th, one of two hits on the day for him
  • This was the Cubs 94th win of the season, the quickest they’ve reached that mark (147 games) since the 1935 season

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