SAN FRANCISCO — The Chicago Cubs became the second team in history to have two pitchers hit home runs in a postseason series when Jake Arrieta took San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner deep in the second inning of Monday’s game between the two teams.
Arrieta hit a 1-2 pitch out to left field for a three-run home run two days after Cubs relief pitcher Travis Wood did the same to the Giants in Game 2 of their National League Division Series. It’s the first time since the 1924 Giants that two pitchers from the same team have gone deep in a playoff series; 1924 also was the last time a relief pitcher hit a home run in the postseason.
Arrieta is the fourth Cubs pitcher to hit a home run in the playoffs, while Bumgarner gave up his first long ball to an opposing pitcher in his career. It also ended Bumgarner’s 24-inning postseason scoreless streak.
It was Arrieta’s fifth career home run and third this season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.