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On this Day in 2016: Cubs win first World Series game since 1945

8 months 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.

Next up: World Series Game 2 – Cubs win first World Series game since 1945!

Kyle Schwarber only played in two regular season games before tearing his ACL. In those two games he hadn’t recorded a hit.

Through two games in the World Series, Schwarber was 3-for-7 with a double and 2 RBI. He was the first non-pitcher to record their first hit of the season in the World Series … ever!

Anthony Rizzo got the Cubs on the board early in the 1st inning with an RBI double down the right field line, scoring Kris Bryant. In the 3rd inning, Schwarber rifled one up the middle on a 3-0 count to put the Cubs up 2.

Ben Zobrist continued his hot hitting in the 5th with an RBI triple. Schwarber again followed with another RBI single up the middle to put the Cubs up 4-0, which was more than Jake Arrieta needed.

Arrieta delivered right when the Cubs needed him to, tossing 5.2 innings and striking out 6 while only allowing 1 run.

Fun Facts

  • Mike Montgomery pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief
  • Zobrist had 5 hits through the first 2 games of the series
  • The temperature at first pitch was 43-degrees with 11-mph winds

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