Anthony Rizzo's NLCS Game 4 home run gave us the Bryzzo moment we've been waiting for
The Cubs were down two games to one to the Dodgers going into Wednesday's NLCS Game 4. Chicago's bats had gone silent -- the team that had scored eight runs in Game 1 got shut out in Games 2 and 3. And Anthony Rizzo, who batted .292 during the regular season, was hitting just .077 in the postseason.
Rizzo did manage to hit one deep during Game 2 … but unfortunately, it went foul:
During the fifth inning of Game 4, it looked like the same thing had happened. Rizzo hit a Pedro Baez fastball into the seats, only they were the seats on the wrong side of the foul pole. The next pitch was a called strike. And then, at long last, the dinger gods smiled on Rizzo:
His solo shot left his bat at a Statcast™-estimated 105.9 mph, and traveled a projected 401 feet. But most importantly, it resulted in one whole BrH (that stands for Bryzzo Hug):
Rizzo also knocked in two more runs with a bases-loaded single in the top of the sixth and singled again in the top of the eighth. Slump? What slump?
"You've got to turn the page to the next at-bat, and you've got to be ready for that big situation," said Rizzo. "All the guys in the clubhouse are there telling you, all the veterans: It just takes one at-bat. It just takes one. It's all about winning games, and we came up on the good side tonight."
Fun fact: Rizzo was also using Matt Szczur's bat.
"I've done it a few times," he said. "... The first two at-bats weren't so hot. Szcz came out today with a nice feature on him about him giving his bone marrow, so all the things were just adding up. I hit well with his bat, so he has hits in it. Same size, just different model and different name, and it worked."
Will Rizzo stay hot against Game 5 starter Kenta Maeda? Tune in tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 to find out.