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On this Day in 2016: Mother’s Day magic

1 year agoTony Andracki

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: A Mother’s Day walk-off

The Cubs wrapped up a thrilling four-game sweep of the Washington Nationals in dramatic fashion.

After wins in the first three games of the series (by 5-2, 8-6 and 8-5 scores), the Cubs were deadlocked with the Nationals in a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation in the finale.

The game remained that way until Javy Báez worked his magic with a walk-off homer into the left-field bleachers that were littered with pink in honor of the Mother’s Day holiday.

The victory as the Cubs’ 7th straight and ran their season record to an astonishing 24-6 on the season. Travis Wood got the win, pitching a scoreless inning of relief.

Jake Arrieta started the game for the Cubs and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings. His season ERA sat at 1.13 after the outing.

The Cubs’ first 3 runs scored on a wild pitch in the 4th inning and a 2-run single off the bat of Kris Bryant.

Fun facts

—Báez’s homer came off Blake Treinen, who blew the save this week against the Cubs. Treinen, now pitching for the Dodgers, gave up a run to the Cubs in the 8th inning Wednesday night when Báez once again got him — this time on an RBI groundout.

—Trevor Cahill pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief for the Cubs in this contest. He is now in the Pirates rotation and the Cubs just beat him in Friday afternoon’s game.

—This was the series where the Cubs walked Bryce Harper nearly every time up. He did not record an official at-bat in either of the final two games of the series. In this series finale, Harper walked 6 times and was hit with a pitch in his 7 plate appearances. Three of the 6 walks were intentional.

—Ryan Zimmerman hit behind Harper and had a rough game. He did knock in a run in the 3rd inning but in total, he went 1-for-7 with 2 strikeouts and left 14 men on base.

—The Cubs doled out 12 free passes in the game (10 walks, 2 HBPs).

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