Kyle Schwarber Provides Heroics For Cubs

Schwarber's walk-off solo homer gave the Cubs a 4-3 win against the Reds in 10.

Bruce Levine
July 17, 2019 - 12:46 am

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The first walk-off homer of Kyle Schwarber's career was a welcome moment for him on the Cubs in a come-from-behind 4-3 win against the Reds in 10 innings at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

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With 92 previous homers in his MLB career, one might have thought that Schwarber had produced a blast of the walk-off variety in the big leagues. He hadn't though, which made this homer off Reds closer Raisel Iglesias just into the basket in left-center field so special.

"Actually, I was trying to hit single up the middle," Schwarber confessed. "I didn't want to get too big with my swing. I stayed up the middle but got under it. I hit it well enough to catch the basket there."

"It felt good to get it. That is something you always want to cross off of the bucket list. It was kind of cool to do it against the team you grew up watching." 

Schwarber's homer sent the Wrigley faithful into a frenzy and gave the Cubs their fourth win in five games out of the All-Star break. They lead the Brewers by 2.5 games in the National League Central.

Schwarber's homer that barely got out came a day after the Reds hit a big homer that just made it into the Wrigley Field basket in an eventual win.

"I guess so," Schwarber said of being a huge fan of the Wrigley baskets. "Yesterday, it cost us. Today, it helped us win. That is just a factor of Wrigley Field. I am happy it worked out." 

Schwarber has homered in a career-high three straight games and has 21 on the season. It was the Cubs' sixth walk-off win of the season, four of which have come via the home run ball.

 "We kind of needed that, the way Iglesias still had really good stuff," manager Joe Maddon said. "That was his third game in a row pitching. He was in his second inning and had really good stuff still. Someone had to walk into one. It was going to be tough to string something together. Whoever thought about putting in that basket tell them, thank you."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.