Chicago Cubs: The biggest home run of the season belongs to Jason Heyward, who defied the odds against one of baseball’s toughest relievers.
On September 12th, the Cubs looked to even the series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. They had dropped game one as the offense had gone missing yet again. Things were not looking good heading into the ninth. Down 2-0, the Cubs had three outs to get to All-Star closer Josh Hader.
After recording the first out, the Cubs got back-to-back singles from Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo with Jason Heyward representing the go-ahead run. Hader is incredibly hard to hit as it is, but for a lefty against him? Even tougher. Going into that AB, Hader had given up just 26 hits and six home runs to lefties his entire career. Only one lefty ever (Cody Bellinger) had homered off him with two strikes.
In the words of Han Solo, “Never tell me the odds!”
On a 1-2 pitch, Heyward took a 95 MPH fastball down and on the inside corner and crushed it over the wall in right-center for a go-ahead three-run homer. The Cubs dugout went nuts as Heyward rounded the bases and passed by a flabbergasted Hader. Immediately after that, Ildemaro Vargas homered off Hader to make it 4-2.
The Cubs went on to win 4-2 as Craig Kimbrel notched the save. It felt like a big momentum swinger as they would head into the final stretch.