The question coming into Tuesday night's game was whether the San Diego Padres were going to hit Anthony Rizzo after Monday night's now-infamous play at the plate.
Instead, Rizzo hit them.
The Cubs' unconventional leadoff man continued to be the greatest top-of-the-order hitter in baseball history Tuesday night, belting his third leadoff homer in the last seven games to get things started in a 4-0 win for the North Siders at Wrigley Field.
Rizzo has now reached safely to start all seven games since taking over as the Cubs' leadoff man. He has three homers, a double, a couple singles and a walk in those seven games. That's a perfect 1.000 on-base percentage for those scoring at home.
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Rizzo, who also has a career-best 14-game hit streak, became the first Cubs player to reach base to lead off a game in seven straight contests since 1960.
Anthony Rizzo: first #Cubs leadoff man to get on base to lead off a game in 7 straight games since Richie Ashburn June 28-July 3, 1960— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 21, 2017
Anthony Rizzo during career-long 14-game hitting streak— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 21, 2017
(through 2nd PA tonight): .429/.525/.878, 12 R, 5 HR, 17 RBI #Cubs
But while Rizzo will grab headlines and highlights, give Mike Montgomery credit for silencing the Padres in his six innings of shutout ball. He gave up just three hits and walked two before handing things over to the Cubs' bullpen, which went three scoreless innings.
An Addison Russell base hit scored Kris Bryant to make it a 2-0 game in the fourth. Ian Happ belted the ninth home run of his young career in the eighth to make it 3-0, and an Albert Almora Jr. double brought home Javier Baez in that same frame to eliminate the save situation.
The Cubs will wrap their brief home stand with Wednesday's series finale against the Padres, sending Eddie Butler to the mound in quest of a three-game sweep.