WATCH: Kyle Schwarber crushes two home runs in first two innings
|Sunday, June 13, 2021, 11:25 PM- -|
WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-0 at Nationals Park on Sunday, and four of the five runs were driven across by left fielder Kyle Schwarber, who homered in the first and second innings. Marking just the seventh time in franchise history that a player has gone yard in the first two innings of a game, Schwarber's heroics increased his 2021 home run and RBI totals to 12 and 31, respectively.
Schwarber batted in the leadoff spot and took Giants starter Johnny Cueto deep with a towering 407-foot dinger to right-center in the Nats' first plate appearance of the day, a feat Schwarber also achieved out of the leadoff spot on Saturday. In the following inning, Schwarber homered off Cueto once again, swinging at a high pitch out of the zone and smacking a 426-foot rainmaker out to right. Cueto had given up just four homers on the season coming into Sunday's contest.
The three-run shot by the former Chicago Cubs slugger plated catcher Alex Avila, another former Cub, and center fielder Victor Robles. An RBI double hit by third baseman Starlin Castro, also an erstwhile Cub, in the bottom of the fifth plated second baseman Josh Harrison and rounded out the scoring in the 5-0 shutout.
Kyle Schwarber's HR came on a pitch 4.19 ft above the ground, tied for the 2nd-highest pitch hit for a HR this season with Shohei Ohtani— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) June 13, 2021
Only higher pitch for a HR: 4.24 ft, by Willians Astudillo pic.twitter.com/YmRfMQpr7k
Kyle Schwarber has homered in the 1st & 2nd innings today, the 7th time a player in Nats/Expos history has done that, joining:— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) June 13, 2021
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