Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell quieted their critics Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium in the Cubs 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.
Addison Russell launched a two-run homer in the four-run fourth inning that gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead.
Anthony Rizzo drilled a solo shot in the fifth using Matt Szczur’s bat that put the Cubs up by five runs.
Rizzo and Russell drove in a combined five runs on the night. Rizzo (3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI) and Russell (3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI) each had three hits and were 6-for-10 with two home runs, four runs scored and five RBI. Rizzo and Russell were 3-for-50 in seven postseason games prior to Game 4 of the NLCS.
Russell’s two-run shot was his first postseason home run and had an exit velocity of 102 mph with a launch angle of 29 degrees.
Rizzo took out his frustrations on the baseball. Rizzo’s solo home run had an exit velocity of 105.9 mph, the hardest he hit a ball since Sept. 23 according to Daren Willman. And he hit a 98.9 mph fastball from Pedro Baez, the hardest pitch he’s ever hit for a home run.