Kris Bryant Hit Two Home Runs Sunday in Iowa’s Comeback Win

The I-Cubs scored five times in their last three at bats Sunday at Principal Park and held on for a 7-6 victory over Albuquerque. Armando Rivero picked up the win and Blake Parker the save after Marcus Hatley pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Eric Jokisch.

Iowa was down 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth. Chris Valaika led off the sixth with a single and scored on a Kris Bryant homer to left. Bryant’s second longball in four games, a two-run shot that cut the Isotopes led to 5-4.

Iowa tied the game in the seventh after Arismendy Alcantara hit his league leading 10th triple of the season to start the inning. Logan Watkins hit a sacrifice fly to center that plated Alcantara with the tying run.

Kris Bryant led off the eighth and smacked a solo homer to center and gave the I-Cubs a 6-5 lead. Ryan Kalish singled with one out in the eighth, stole second and scored on a Rafael Lopez single to right. Blake Parker gave up a run in the ninth before he struck out Griff Erickson swinging to end the game.

Kris Bryant is 3-for-16 in four games with Iowa. And all three of his hits have left the park … one to right, one to left and one to center. Bryant has struck out eight times those 16 at bats and is slugging .750.

Sunday was the second time this season that Kris Bryant has hit two homers in the same game. The first came back on May 7 against the Birmingham Barons at Smokies Park. Bryant told the Des Moines Register after the game, “Baseball is all about the peaks and valleys and today was definitely a peak for me.”

The videos include all three of Kris Bryant’s Triple-A home runs. The first video is from Thursday night with a two-run shot out to right. The second video includes the two-run homer to left in the sixth and the solo shot over the centerfield wall in the eighth

 

For the season, Kris Bryant is now hitting a combined .345/.444/.705 with 20 doubles, 25 home runs and a 1.149 OPS in 72 games.

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  • Jeff in AZ

    So it looks like he was challenged for about 3 games. LOL. This guys is just plain awesome. Can’t wait for him to get to Wrigley.

  • J Daniel

    Neil, man GREAT JOB! You deserve a break after 6 articles today.

  • SuzyS

    Bryant just makes me smile. Whatever happens, he is a rare talentand good to have with the Cubs.

  • Steve Baier

    Wish I would have been there yesterday! That HR to left was crushed, you don’t see many off the top signs on the Cub Club. (Although last season, Junior Lake hit one over it one night when I was there.)

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Really impressed with Alcantra’s stat line. I think he’s going to be a big help to the Cubs next season. He, Bryant and Baez could all arrive together and make a big difference.

    • Tony_H

      I think Alcantara will be up this year.

    • Steve Baier

      The 10 triples is definitely eye-opening!

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      There is nothing that says Baez deserves to be in Chicago yet. Alcantera, Vizciano, and Hendrix are my bets for being in Chicago this season.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I agree. No yet. But he seems to be breaking through.

        Alcantra looks just about ready. He’s got impressive numbers. Especially those triples and stolen bases sand out to me.

  • BigJonLilJon

    3 homers are impressive but 8 K’s on 16 AB”s… ouch. Hope he gets the feel of things and gets that BA and OB pct back up.

    • DWalker

      IIRC, doesn’t Bryant like many succesfull hiters do a lot of video research on opposing pitchers? Seems like I remember there being soemthign about him studying opposition already. Considering the timing of his move, I doubt he had any chance at all to research for his first game or two. now that he is settling in and has time to study, i expect he will start to catch up toopposing pitching.

  • mutantbeast

    Bryants Ks might be worrisome, but his pattern has been to improve as tim e goes along. Im betting he will cut his K rate by the end of the year. Ill take the OVER on over/under 40 HR on the year.