With the year coming to a close, NBC Sports Chicago is looking back on the top moments from the 2019 Cubs season.
The thrill of winning in baseball amplifies when victory comes via a walk-off hit. This is especially true when such a hit leaves the ballpark.
The Cubs had seven walk-off hits last season, four of which came via home runs hit by four different players. In fact, three of those long balls came within a five-day span, two of which occurred in consecutive games.
May 7: With the Cubs and Marlins tied 2-2 in the ninth inning, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant drilled a 1-2, two-out pitch into deep left-center field. The drive reached the second row of the Wrigley Field bleachers, giving the Cubs a dramatic 5-2 win.
May 8: A day after Bryant walked off Miami, Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward followed suit. With the score once again tied 2-2, Heyward hit an opposite field blast that landed in the left field basket, securing a 3-2, 11-inning win for the Cubs.
Heyward’s blast was especially dramatic, considering the Cubs gave up a 2-1 lead with one out in the ninth inning.
May 11: Offense came at a premium during this rainy, early season matchup between the Cubs and Brewers — two 2018 postseason teams. Both sides had chances to take the lead in extras; the Cubs left the bases loaded in both the 11th and 13th inning.
After a long wait, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras stepped up in the 15th inning, hitting an absolute tank into left field to secure a 2-1 win for the North Siders.
July 16: After the Reds took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Cubs fought back behind a two-run blast by Robel Garcia (second inning) and a solo shot from Bryant (sixth). The game remained scoreless after regulation, though Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber ensured the 3-3 tie didn’t last long.
With one out in the 10th, Schwarber — an Ohio native — hit an opposite field home run into the left field basket, securing the win for the Cubs. It was Schwarber’s first career walk-off hit of any kind, one that completed a Cubs comeback win.
For full looks at each home run, watch the video above.