Travis Wood replaced Kyle Hendricks in NLDS Game 2 and coolly hit a solo home run
When you've had the type of season the Cubs have had, these sorts of things happen.
In Game 2 of the Division Series against the Giants, a 5-2 win by the Cubs that gave them a 2-0 series lead, starter and NL ERA leader Kyle Hendricks left early after sustaining a forearm contusion on a comebacker -- but not without ripping a two-run single for his first career postseason hit:
After Hendricks departed, manager Joe Maddon turned to versatile pitcher/outfielder Travis Wood for some spot relief work. Naturally, he clubbed a solo homer to the left-field bleachers in his first at-bat (as seen in full atop this post) -- earning himself a curtain call in the process:
Wood entered the game with nine career home runs as a hitter, so his big offensive moment here shouldn't come as that much of a surprise -- but then again, it is the postseason. And then again again, he hit a homer as a pinch-hitter back in Spring Training so we already know he can come off the bench and get things done.
It was also the first postseason homer by a pitcher since Joe Blanton's blast in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series for the Phillies:
AND the first postseason homer by a relief pitcher since the New York Giants' Rosy Ryan in 1924.
They say the postseason is unpredictable, and they're definitely right.
Will the Cubs finish the sweep behind Jake Arrieta, or will Madison Bumgarner and the Giants push the series to four games? Tune in to Game 3 on FS1, Monday night at 9:30 p.m. ET, to find out.