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On This Day in 2016: Travis Wood homers as Cubs take 2-0 series lead over Giants

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.

Next up: NLDS Game 1 – Cubs take a 2-0 series lead

If starting pitchers aren’t supposed to hit home runs, then relief pitchers definitely aren’t supposed to.

Don’t tell Travis Wood.

The lefty who came into the game after Kyle Hendricks exited with injury deposited the first pitch he saw into the left field bleachers. He became the third Cubs pitcher to homer in the postseason, and the first since Kerry Wood in 2003.

On the mound, Travis Wood went an 1.1 innings striking out 2 and got the win.

The Cubs took the lead in the 1st inning after a Dexter Fowler double followed by a Ben Zobrist bloop single to right field.

They put up 3 in the 2nd behind a two-run RBI single from Kyle Hendricks and an RBI single from Kris Bryant.

Aroldis Chapman retired the Giants in order in the 9th to get the save.

Fun Facts

  • This was the first time since 1903 the Cubs had two pitchers record an RBI in a postseason game
  • The Cubs took a 2-0 series lead in the Division Series for the first time in franchise history
  • At the time the Cubs tied a franchise record for errors made in a postseason win (3). That has since been broken

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