Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber got it done with the bat and the glove last night as the Cubs completed a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies. In addition to going 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI, a walk, and three runs scored, he made a leaping catch at the wall in left field. Check out the highlight reel…
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Yes, wiping out while rounding first base on his second home run was just a bonus here. Fortunately, he was OK and his teammates were free to have some fun about it. Here’s Schwarber’s explanation to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com:
“A lot of snipers,” Schwarber said. “I tried to do the safe sign and I had to get up and run.”
Schwarber is batting .267/.362/.570 with 15 home runs and 41 RBI over his first 51 games in the majors. Per Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs have a franchise record 60 home runs from rookies this season. The previous record was 58 in 1966. That team finished at 59-103.