At this point, it’s hardly a surprise when records are set when Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta takes the mound. What is a surprise, though, is that on Monday night, a slew of records were set, and the Cubs hurler had nothing to do with them.
That’s because the Cubs’ offense came alive in a big way during their 8-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.
Monday's win not only puts the Cubs one victory away from advancing to the NLCS for the first time since the 2003 playoffs, but it also helped the team to set a bunch of new records.
The Cubs got things started before a pitch was even thrown in the game.
When Joe Maddon released his lineup, it included four rookies: Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, and Addison Russell. In MLB history, only one other team in the Division Series round has started four rookies: the 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks, who used a young roster (including current Cubs catcher Miguel Montero) to beat the Cubs in a 3-0 series sweep.
Once the game actually got started, Schwarber helped make another bit of history.
When his second inning home run off of Cardinals starter Michael Wacha cleared the left field wall, Schwarber became the first Cubs rookie to ever hit two home runs in the same postseason.
As the game wore on, Soler helped the Cubs to set another record.
When his home run reached the seats in left field, it not only expanded the Cubs’ lead (and made him the second Cubs rookie to hit multiple home runs in a postseason), but it also represented the ninth consecutive plate appearance for Soler that has resulted in him getting on base. That streak to start his postseason career is the longest in MLB history, far outpacing the previous record of five straight times reaching base.
Soler and Schwarber’s home runs also helped the Cubs to set another record.
Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Bryant all hit home runs on Monday night at Wrigley Field, making the Cubs the first team in MLB history to get home runs from five different players in a single postseason game, according to Christopher Kamka of CSN Chicago.
Not content to let that be the final record set on the evening, Dexter Fowler launched a home run into the right field stands off of Cardinals reliever Jonathan Broxton. Not only did that home run give the Cubs another critical insurance run, but it also made the team the first ever to hit six home runs in a single postseason game, breaking a tie with a slew of other clubs.
Even with all of that history being made on Monday night, there is still one more milestone that the Cubs could reach if they win on Tuesday: it would be the first time in team history that they’ve wrapped up a postseason series at Wrigley Field.