Game Three was exactly what the Cubs needed but not at all what they expected.
How could they?
How could they possibly expect that Jake Arrieta would give up four runs in 97 pitches when he allowed four runs over his prior 1,393 pitches? How could they know that he’d walk back to back batters for the first time in over a month?
They didn’t. Fortunately, the Cubs offense decided tonight was the night to back their guy. As improbable as Jake Arrieta letting up four runs may have seemed coming into the game, six different Cubs players going yard was even crazier.
It’s a postseason record, six different players going yard–and a record for most home runs in a post season game.
The offense–the kids–that have been promised to the fan base for three years delivered on the biggest stage Wrigley Field has seen in years.
Jorge Soler, Kris Byrant and Kyle Schwarber all took Cardinals pitching deep. That’s a record for rookie home runs in a post season game.
Now, the Cubs have a chance to do another something that’s never happened. For the first time in the history of Wrigley Field, the Cubs can clinch a postseason series at 1060 W. Addison.