1. Everyone’s favorite Cub does damage
Perhaps Cleveland Twitter’s favorite Chicago Cub, Kyle Schwarber, did the most damage on Tuesday night, taking advantage of two down-the-middle pitches for two solo shots.
Schwarber got the Cubs on the board first in the second inning with a homer on a line drive to right field. The bomb came on an 83 mph, 2-1 changeup pitch from Tomlin, and had an exit velocity of 117.1 mph, making it the fifth hardest homer hit this season in Major League Baseball.
His second homer came in his next at-bat during the fourth inning, also against Tomlin. This time, Schwarber sent a 73 mph curveball over the right field wall at a whopping 109.6 mph. The shot gave the Cubs a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
In three career regular-season games at Progressive Field, Schwarber is batting .571 (8-of-14) with three homers, six RBI and seven runs scored.
“Obviously he sees the ball well here,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said when asked about Schwarber’s tendency to perform well in Cleveland.
“And he loves the rain, he’s the rain man,” he continued to joke.
Wilson Contreras and Ian Happ also hit solo homers off of Tomlin to help Chicago build their early 5-1 lead. Happ, like Scwarber, had a rather impressive stat line, finishing 3-for-4 from the plate with two RBI.
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