Chicago Cubs star Ben Zobrist came to the team hoping to make a big impact and to help get the team to the World Series, and on Tuesday night he strutted his stuff even as the Cubs lost the opening game of the series.
In the contest, Zobrist went 3-for-4 for the Cubs, including a double off of Corey Kluber, and he was one of the few bright spots in a lineup that struggled to hit the talented right-handed pitcher throughout the game.
In getting three hits in the game, Zobrist joined an incredibly exclusive club. According to the Cubs’ gameday notes for Game 2 of the World Series, Zobrist was just the second player in MLB history to get three or more hits in consecutive World Series opening games, having hit that milestone as a member of the Kansas City Royals last season.
The only other player to accomplish the feat is a pretty famous one, as New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth got three hits in Game 1 of both the 1927 and 1928 World Series for the Bronx Bombers.
Zobrist hasn’t had a great postseason, with a .225 batting average and three RBI for the Cubs, but his ability to see pitches and work counts was on full display on Tuesday night, and the team will be hoping that he can continue to get the bat on the ball as they try to come back from a 1-0 series deficit when they take the field in Game 2 Wednesday night.