We’ve seen Kyle Schwarber hit big home runs before, but the one he hit yesterday may still be orbiting Wrigleyville. In the bottom of the first inning Schwarber hit a 3-2 pitch off Johnny Cueto 470 feet out of Wrigley Field, which marks his 7th of the season and longest of his career. According to Statcast, Schwarber’s bomb had an exit velocity of 114 mph, which is the hardest hit by a Cub’s player since the statistic’s introduction in 2015.
Watch Schwarber’s bomb:
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However, it was Jon Lester’s performance on the mound that stole the show in the Cub’s 4-1 win over the Giants Tuesday night. Following a rain delay, Lester made quick work of the .231 hitting Giant’s lineup, needing only 99 pitches to hold them to 1 run in his complete game performance. The Giant’s only run came off a line drive double hit by Brandon Crawford, scoring Buster Posey in the top of the 5th. With 10 strikeouts and no walks, Lester became the first Cubs pitcher since Carlos Zambrano in 2009 to complete a game throwing fewer than 100 pitches.
Two more home runs by the Cubs added to the slugfest with a solo shot by Jason Heyward in the 2nd and a two-run blast by Anthony Rizzo in the 4th.
The two teams square up again tonight in Chicago for Game 3 of the series at 8:05 PM EST.