Cubs Recap: Schwarber’s two homers help complete doubleheader sweep
Schwarber and Bryant power the Cubs to a Game 2 victory
The young Chicago Cubs (82-58) hitters continue to prove they were worth the wait. Kyle Schwarber got things started early for the Cubs with a solo shot, his 14th on the season, to put the Cubs up early 1-0.
But he wasn’t done yet.
In the top of the second, Schwarber again went yard, this time a two-run job bringing in Dexter Fowler, making the score now 3-0 Cubs.
The Phillies (54-88) would put a run on the board off Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks when Andres Blanco drove in Odubel Herrera on a ground out to second; the score now 3-1 Cubs after four innings.
In the top of the fifth, the Cubs piled on to their two-run lead when Chris Coghlan drilled a line drive double to left field, scoring Schwarber to put the lead back up to three by a score of 4-1.
Still in the fifth, Kris Bryant at the dish would lift one to deep center field for a two-run home run, Bryant’s 24th of the season, giving the Cubs a 6-1 advantage.
That would be more than enough for Hendricks, who was pitching like the guy Cubs fans saw last year. He was hitting his spots and showing very good command in the zone.
He’d finish the game going 6 2/3 innings, giving up four hits, three runs, two walks and striking out five. Hendricks now is 7-6 on the season with a 4.03 ERA in 27 starts for the Cubs this season.
Schwarber would finish the game going 2-for-4, two home runs, three RBI, and three runs scored. Bryant also had three hits and three runs driven in for the Chicago Cubs.
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In game three of this four-game weekend series, the Cubs (82 -58) and Dan Haren (9-9, 3.73 ERA) will face off against rookie pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (1-3, 4.70 ERA) and the Phillies.
Haren is coming off his best start as a member of the Chicago Cubs pitching staff. He threw seven shutout innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, striking out five and walking only two batters. After a few lackluster starts for the Cubs, Haren did come through when the team needed him most.
Eickhoff, on the other hand, is coming off a rough outing against the Boston Red Sox. He pitched only four innings, allowing six runs off eight hits, and only striking out one batter. The young right-hander will be tested against the hot hitting young Cubs team.
Game time is set for 6:05 CT and can be seen on CSN.