Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run, inside the park home run versus Reds
During a year in which the Cubs had 103 wins in the regular season and won The World Series, it would be easy to overlook a few of the highlights. There were simply too many.
Pat Hughes’ new CD, The Chicago Cubs Win The World Series, includes the radio calls of many of the in-season highlights. Hughes really delivers with his new disc. And one of the calls included is Anthony Rizzo’s inside the park homer on June 29 in Cincinnati.
The Cubs were in the midst of their only rough stretch of the season. After dropping six of seven, Joe Maddon’s team went to Cincinnati in need of wins with the All-Star break just around the corner.
The Cubs won the first two games of what turned out to be a series full of highlights. In the opener, Kris Bryant made history with his 5-for-5 performance that included three home runs and two doubles. The Cubs needed every bit of offense from the eventual NL MVP. The Cubs beat the Reds 11-8.
Game two went 15 innings. Ben Zobrist broke the tie with a solo shot and Javier Baez put the game away with a Grand Slam. Travis Wood, Spencer Patton and Pedro Strop played left field that night as Maddon tried to maximize what relievers he had.
With the Cubs looking to complete the sweep before taking off to New York to face the Mets, Anthony Rizzo had only one hit in the 9-2 Cubs’ win … a three-run, inside the park home run in the first inning off lefty Cody Reed.
Rizzo had an incredible June, batting .378/.467/.744 with nine doubles and eight home runs for a 1.212 OPS. And his inside the park homer was his last dinger of the month.
Anthony Rizzo finished fourth on the year in the voting for the NL MVP award for the second straight season. Rizzo won the Silver Slugger, Gold and Platinum Gloves, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award at First Base.
In 155 regular season games, Rizzo batted .292/.385/.544 with 43 doubles, four triples and 32 home runs for a .928 OPS. Rizzo scored 94 runs and had 109 RBI. And in the 17 postseason games, Rizzo hit .277/.373/.492 (18-for-65) with a .866 OPS.
For as good a year as Anthony Rizzo had, he will always be part of the biggest play in franchise history …
The World Series Champion, Chicago Cubs!