On this Day in 2016: Kyle Schwarber receives ovation during Cubs home opener
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: The Home Opener
Four days prior, Kyle Schwarber collided with Dexter Fowler and tore his ACL, leading many to believe his season was over (we all know how that ended). Schwarber received a standing ovation as he was announced, using his crutches to join his teammates on the foul line for the Opening Day festivities.
The Reds scored 3-runs in the first four frames off Jon Lester, who settled down to go 6 innings while recording his 2nd consecutive quality start to open the season.
Reds starter Brandon Finnegan held the Cubs in check, not allowing a hit until the 7th inning. The Cubs scored twice in the 7th on a 2-run Jason Heyward single, his first RBIs as a Cub at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs took the lead in the 8th as Addison Russell clubbed a 3-run, game-winning home run to left field off Reds’ reliever Jumbo Diaz. Hector Rondón struck out the side, all looking, recording his 2nd save of the season.
Here’s how the Cubs lined up that day:
- Dexter Fowler – CF
2. Jason Heyward – RF
3. Kris Bryant – 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo – 1B
5. Ben Zobrist – 2B
6. Jorge Soler – LF
7. Addison Russell – SS
8. David Ross – C
9. Jon Lester – P
- David Ross broke up Reds’ starter Brandon Finnegan’s no-hitter with a single in the 7th
- Adam Warren recorded the win, his 1st with the Cubs
- It was the Cubs 1st win in their home opener since the 2010 season