The Cubs offense blew up again, this time against the Indians at Progressive Field in the series opener, winning 10-3 for a second straight victory.
Kyle Schwarber: 2 for 5, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Ian Happ: 3 for 4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Willson Contreras: 1 for 4, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Javy Baez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Tyler Chatwood: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
How it Happened
The Cubs first return to Cleveland since the return started out on a great note through the first four innings of the game. Kyle Schwarber got things going in the second with a solo home run to right field that exited at 117.1 MPH which is already the fifth-hardest hit homer of 2018. Ian Happ followed him up with a single to right center two batters later, that scored Addison Russell making it a 2-0 Cubs lead. Later in the game with Willson Contreras up to bat in the third, Contreras smoked a home run to left that tacked on one more run to the Cubs lead, making it 3-0. Then in the following inning, the Cubs started to really pile on the scoring with another home run from Schwarber and then a home run from Ian Happ two at-bats later that extended the lead to 5-1 Cubs.
After scoring in the second, third, and fourth innings, the Cubs weren’t done just yet with a 3-spot in the seventh inning after Albert Almora, Javy Baez, and Tommy La Stella each drove in one run. In the top of the ninth when leading 8-2, the Cubs wanted to pile it on more with an RBI single from Anthony Rizzo and then a Tommy La Stella RBI groundout one at-bat later that put the Cubs on top 10-2. That was the icing on the cake, as the Cubs went on to win 10-3.
One Great Moment
Kyle Schwarber has a knack for hitting ridiculous home runs, but his first one of the day was crazy. It left Schwarber’s so fast, you couldn’t even finish reading the caption on the Cubs Twitter before the baseball was already in the stands.
Gone faster than you can read this caption. pic.twitter.com/sm6dL5njZ1
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 24, 2018
The Cubs improve to 11-9, two games above .500 for the first time this season, and third place in the NL Central.
Jon Lester takes the mound in the quick two-game series finale on Wednesday at 6:00 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score.