Cubs be­come first team to have all 3 start­ing OFs hit mul­ti­ple homers

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - RUS­SELL DORSEY rdorsey@sun­times.com | @Russ_Dorsey1

You won’t see an of­fen­sive per­for­mance like the one the Cubs put to­gether against the Reds too of­ten. In fact, no one had ever seen it be­fore.

The Cubs be­came the first team in ma­jor-league his­tory to have all three start­ing out­field­ers hit mul­ti­ple homers in the same game.

Ian Happ, Ja­son Hey­ward and Kyle Sch­war­ber each went deep twice. The Cubs had three mul­ti­homer play­ers for the first time since April 16, 1955.

“This game has been go­ing on for a while now, so it’s pretty rare to have a first,” Happ said. “To be able to do that as a group with two other guys that you care about a lot and you’ve played with for a long time, that was re­ally spe­cial for all of us.”

The out­field­ers did all the dam­age in the Cubs’ 10-1 vic­tory Sun­day against the Reds with a sea­son-high six homers in the series fi­nale.

The home-run bar­rage started in the fourth in­ning, when Sch­war­ber launched a blast off Reds starter Luis Castillo, who had al­lowed only one homer com­ing into this start.

Happ and Hey­ward each home­red in their next two plate ap­pear­ances to give the Cubs a com­fort­able lead.

“To be a part of his­tory is awe­some,” Hey­ward said.

“I know the fact that Happ went to school in Cincin­nati and Sch­war­ber be­ing from here, there’s also a lot of cool irony in that. So it’s a spe­cial mo­ment for us as play­ers.”

“Those two guys right now, they’re con­sis­tent,” Sch­war­ber said. “They’re con­sis­tent sta­ples in the lineup right now. Putting in great at-bats. Happ go­ing up there and step­ping up big in that lead­off spot with Kris [Bryant] be­ing down. [Hey­ward] hav­ing pro­fes­sional at-bat [after] pro­fes­sional at-bat. I mean, you can’t say enough.”

With two-thirds of the Cubs’ out­field hav­ing a pair of homers, it was Sch­war­ber who saved the best for last.

He put an ex­cla­ma­tion point on a his­toric day by crush­ing a 444-foot grand slam in the ninth in­ning.

“We made some his­tory to­day,” Sch­war­ber said. “So hav­ing all of our out­field­ers go out there and per­form at the plate and be able to do our thing feels pretty cool.

‘‘When­ever you have a lit­tle piece of his­tory, you al­ways keep that with you.”

The his­toric game gave the Cubs a lot to be ex­cited about, but ev­ery­thing didn’t go ac­cord­ing to plan.

Right-han­der Tyler Chat­wood left early after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort in his right el­bow.

In the third in­ning, Chat­wood spiked his first two pitches to Joey Votto, then called for trainer PJ

Mainville. After a quick chat with Mainville and man­ager David Ross, he was re­moved.

“He felt a lit­tle some­thing on the break­ing ball,” Ross said. “And then he threw the next pitch, which I be­lieve was a changeup, and it was like that short-spike changeup, and he called us out right away.”

It was Chat­wood’s sec­ond start since re­turn­ing from the 10-day in­jured list after suf­fer­ing a mid-back strain. The Cubs will re-eval­u­ate him Mon­day, when the team re­turns to Chicago be­fore head­ing to Pitts­burgh.

Left-han­der Jose Quin­tana, who al­lowed one run in three in­nings in re­lief, would be the next man up to slide into the ro­ta­tion if Chat­wood misses time.

“That’s why it’s so hard to plan some­times,” Ross said. “It was so nice to have Q there on the back end of that and that we could stretch him out a lit­tle bit more.”


Kyle Sch­war­ber re­ceives con­grat­u­la­tions from An­thony Rizzo, David Bote and Javy Baez after his grand slam in the ninth in­ning Sun­day at Great Amer­i­can Ball Park.

Ja­son Hey­ward

Ian Happ

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