Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber hit one of the most impressive home runs you’ll ever see, aesthetically-speaking. With his team leading 2-1 and threatening with a man on second base with one out in the top of the fourth inning, Schwarber jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Matt Harvey. One knew it was gone just from seeing the swing, or from hearing the sound.
Statcast measured the blast at 467 feet, which “only” ranks 10th this season in distance. It’s the second-longest home run at Citi Field in the Statcast era, just behind Giancarlo Stanton‘s 468-foot blast.
Schwarber entered the evening’s action batting .172/.296/.377 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI in 240 plate appearances this season.
The 16-31, last place Royals had a power outage lasting nearly two weeks. Entering Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, Jorge Soler had hit the club’s most recent home run, a solo shot off of the Phillies’ Jake Arrieta in the sixth inning on May 10. That time frame spanned eight games.
Soler ended the home run drought, hitting a three-run round-tripper off of Michael Wacha to cap off a six-run third inning in the first game of the twin billing, staking the Royals to a 7-0 lead.
Soler, 27, is now batting .249/.303/.497 with 11 homers, 30 RBI, and 22 runs scored in 198 plate appearances on the season. He’s the only member of the Royals currently in double-digits in homers, though Hunter Dozier (nine) and Alex Gordon (eight) should soon join him.