7/4 Colvin has two-homer day
Tyler Colvin notched his first multi-homer game, hitting a two-run shot in the second and a solo homer in the sixth, but it wasn’t nearly enough in the Cubs’ 14-3 loss to the Reds. He’s the first Cubs rookie to hit a pair since Micah Hoffpauir did so Sept. 25, 2008, at New York.
“I’d like to do it in a win and maybe then I’d get excited about it,” Colvin said.
Marlon Byrd, the Cubs’ lone All-Star, singled to lead off the second and reached second as right fielder Jay Bruce overran the ball for an error. Colvin followed with his 11th home run, launching the ball into the right field bleachers off Mike Leake. Colvin also connected off Leake leading off the sixth and now has six homers in his last 19 games.
“[Leake] only made one mistake to Tyler Colvin, who is swinging the bat great, on a curveball to him,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Right after that, he settled down and our offense did the rest. We needed that offense badly. You never feel comfortable in this ballpark with the wind blowing out.”
Baker would know. Colvin didn’t change his approach because of the strong wind.
“You can’t,” he said. “If you go up there thinking about hitting home runs, and hitting it in the air, you’re probably not going to have good at-bats. You have to go up there with the same appraoch every day. If you get under one, the wind will push it out.”
— Carrie Muskat