CHICAGO — This was supposed to be Anthony Rizzo’s day off. Instead, there was the veteran Cubs first baseman, sprinting through a mob of his teammates, trying to escape down the dugout steps to avoid the celebratory jabs and the cloud of baby powder.
In the 11th inning on Wednesday night, Rizzo delivered a two-out, two-strike, walk-off single through the left side of the infield, sealing a 6-5 win for the Cubs that completed a three-game sweep of the Dodgers. This was supposed to be a litmus-test series and the North Siders’ confidence is soaring.
“Honestly, we’re just riding a roller coaster right now,” said Rizzo, who came off the bench in the 10th. “We’re up and down, up and down, up and down. One thing is, when we’re down, we keep fighting to get back up.”
Coming off a 2-7 road trip, the Cubs were staring down a series with the defending World Series champions that featured Clayton Kershaw, Trevor Bauer and Walker Buehler. Chicago pulled off a doubleheader sweep Tuesday, and finished the series with consecutive walk-off wins against the Dodgers for the first time since 1958.
“It’s a huge confidence boost,” Cubs utility man Matt Duffy said. “I think it kind of reaffirms what we believe in the clubhouse — that we’re a high-quality team, that we’re capable of doing things like we did against them.”
Here is a look at five moments that mattered leading up…