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During their rise in 2015, the Cubs had some very memorable wins. One of those came in Cincinnati on July 22nd. After losing the first game of a doubleheader earlier in the day by a score of 9-1, the Cubs looked to take the nightcap. Tied 5-5 in the top of the inning, they had to face Aroldis Champan to try to take the lead.
With two outs and two on, up came Taylor Teagarden, a light-hitting career .202 hitter. Teagarden only played in eight games as a Cub, but he came up very big in this situation. On an 0-1 count, Teagarden dumped a 101 mph Chapman fastball into center to give the Cubs the lead. It was one of three hits he would have as a Cub.
Jason Motte got the save and the Cubs went on to win 6-5. Sure we have seen light-hitting players get big hits before, but it is all the more impressive when it is against the likes of Chapman. Teagarden was DFAed soon after and the Cubs went on to win 97 games and reach the NLCS.
Who will come up big next time the Cubs play? We will see, but we cannot forget those who did in the past.