Cubs: 5 loudest Wrigley Field moments: #3 – Miguel Montero’s pinch-hit GS
Returning home following their Division Series win against San Francisco, the Cubs began an epic series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, looking to get over the hump they stumbled over a year prior. Now just one step away from their first World Series appearance since 1945, the Cubs needed to set the tone from the very beginning in Chicago and take a commanding lead of the series.
What happened at the end of Game 1 goes down as one of the most dramatic moments of the entire 2016 postseason – and even in franchise history.
With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, bases loaded, two outs and two strikes, Miguel Montero unleashed one of the most iconic Cubs home runs in history. As soon as the bat made contact with the ball, the explosion from fans told you all you needed to know: he got all of it and Chicago had blown the game open, 7-3.
The Cubs struck first in the win column in the NLCS with an emphatic W, setting the pace of the series in the process. Moving forward, the offense went cold after being shut out in both Games 2 and 3. However, that slump was short-lived as the Cubs went on to score 18 runs and take the series lead, three games-to-two, setting up a potential clincher at Wrigley.