WATCH: Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber clobber back-to-back solo moonshots


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Kyle Schwarber followed up a solo dinger hit by Albert Almora Jr. with one of his own on Sunday.
Kyle Schwarber followed up a solo dinger hit by Albert Almora Jr. with one of his own on Sunday.

CHICAGO — Serving as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth on Sunday, Albert Almora Jr. increased the Chicago Cubs' lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates with a solo blast. Almora's ninth long ball of the year, the pinch-hit bomb put the Cubs up 6-3 at Wrigley Field.

The dinger carried 423 feet to left and nearly sailed out onto Waveland Avenue after leaving the bat at 109 miles per hour. Almora took Pirates starter Trevor Williams deep on a four-seamer thrown at the bottom of the strike zone.

On the very next pitch thrown after Almora went yard, Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber showed off his power by smacking a 437-foot moonshot to make it back-to-back bombs for the North Siders. The solo dinger provided the Cubs with an 8-3 lead over the Pirates.

Schwarber's 19th long ball of the season was hammered off the bat, as it sported an exit velocity of 112 miles per hour. The towering blast to right also boasted an exit velocity of 30 degrees. Schwarber took Williams deep on a first-pitch fastball. Soon afterward, Williams departed the game having given up three homers on the afternoon.

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