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On this day in 2016: Zobrist’s bunt sparks Cubs offense in NLCS

2 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: NLCS Game 4 – Ben Zobrist’s bunt, Matt Szczur’s bat sparks Cubs offense

Entering Game 4 of the 2016 NLCS, the Cubs were trailing the Dodgers 2-1 in the series and the offense was struggling, failing to score in 21 innings.

In the 4th inning of Game 4, Ben Zobrist laid down a perfect bunt to get the rally started.

Javy Báez and Willson Contreras followed with singles of their own, then Addison Russell recorded a 3-run homer to cap the 4-run 4th inning.

In the 5th, Anthony Rizzo hit his 1st home run of the postseason while using Matt Szczur’s bat.

Rizzo went on to record 3 hits total in a 10-2 Cubs drubbing of LA to even the series at 2.

Fun Facts

• Mike Montgomery recorded the win, tossing 2 shutout innings
• Eight different Cubs scored a run and six different players recorded an RBI
• Jason Heyward nabbed Adrian Gonzalez at the plate in the second inning. After a long review, the call stood and Gonzalez was out

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