The offensive firepower does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon for the Cubs through just 12 games in Spring Training. In the 2016 World Series rematch under the lights, the Cubs would come out on top 11-6 backed by home runs from Albert Almora and Kyle Schwarber.
Kyle Schwarber: 3 AB, 2 H (HR), 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Albert Almora: 4 AB, 2 H (HR), 1 R, 3 RBI
Efren Navarro: 3 AB, 2 H (HR), 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
How it Happened
The Cubs started the shelling of Trevor Bauer in the second inning when Efren Navarro homered to right center for two runs, and a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the same inning, Yonder Alonso of Cleveland would also hit a home run for just one run, making it a 2-1 Cubs lead going into the third. That’s when the offensive dominance took place, and Trevor Bauer was shelled. Kyle Schwarber singled on a ground ball to second base that knocked in one run. Chris Gimenez singled on a ground ball to right field that knocked in one more run. Finally, for the third inning, Peter Bourjos hit a sac-fly to center that scored the third run of the inning, for a 5-1 Cubs lead. The Indians miraculously had another response in them, with a grand slam from Yan Gomes to tie it 5-5. Don’t worry Cubs fans, it only got better from here.
In just the fourth inning, Albert Almora hit the third combined home run which was good for an RBI making it a three-run lead. That would make it seven earned runs for Bauer, and eight on the day. Kyle Schwarber followed Almora up in the sixth inning with a monster home run of his own to continue to pile on the runs. Then in the next inning, the Cubs added two more runs in at-bats from Mike Freeman and Bijan Rademacher to completely blow open the game and made it nearly impossible for the foes to come back. The Indians did get a solo-homer in the seventh, but that was it as the Cubs went on to win 11-6.
One Great Moment
With all the hype build up in the offseason about Kyle Schwarber and his weight loss, we wondered if he still had the same kind of power as before. Trust me, Schwarbino still has it, as he crushed a home run in the sixth inning to extend the Cubs lead to four runs. It was gone from the second it touched Kyle’s bat, and that will be our “One Great Moment” of the game.
It’s starting to feel a lot like baseball season. pic.twitter.com/qvNq8FRNqD
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 8, 2018
The offense does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon for the Cubs. They scored 9 against LA, 5 against Colorado, 7 against Cincinnati, 6 against the Angles, 7 against Oakland, 6 against the White Sox, 9 against Seattle, 12 against San Francisco, and 6 against Texas in some of their games this spring. That is a lot of offensive firepower this early on, and it’s truly fun to see.
The Cubs will face the Padres at Sloan Park in Mesa on Thursday at 2:05 PM Central.