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Wrigley Erupts as Cubs' Anthony Rizzo Hits Home Run in 14-Pitch AB

Wrigley erupts as Rizzo homers on 14th pitch of AB originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

There are good at-bats, and there are great at-bats.

Anthony Rizzo's in the sixth inning Friday against the Cardinals was the latter.

Rizzo stepped to the plate with the Cubs trailing St. Louis 5-4. The first baseman was down 0-2 in the count against Cardinals right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon after fouling off an 0-1 offering.

What followed was one of the better sequences you'll see from a hitter as Rizzo fouled off nine more pitches, including six straight at one point, with a ball sandwiched between another three fouls.

And on Ponce de Leon's 14th offering, Rizzo didn't miss, smacking a game-tying home run to the right field bleachers to knot things at 5.

Friday marked the Cubs' first game with a full capacity crowd at Wrigley Field since 2019, and the 35,112 in attendance erupted with a tremendous roar.

Outside of it being a pivotal moment, Rizzo made some history with the long ball. It's the deepest in an at-bat a Cubs player has hit a home run since tracking pitch counts started in 1988, according to's Sarah Langs.

What a moment on a memorable day at Wrigley Field.

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