It was a profitable two days for The Bryzzo Souvenir Co.
The Cubs swept the three-game series against the Pirates and outscored their division rivals 20-8. The Cubs smacked nine home runs, eight in the last two games. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant launched four of the nine home runs. The sluggers both hit homers Saturday and Sunday and went back-to-back in the third inning Sunday night against Jameson Taillon.
Rizzo and Bryant have homered in the same game five times this season, four times this month. Rizzo and Bryant have gone deep in the same game nine times in the regular season, and once more in the post-season. Christopher Kamka pointed out the Cubs are 8-1 in the nine games Rizzo and Bryant have homered.
Rizzo and Bryant are tied for the team lead in home runs (17). Rizzo has driven in 53 runs this season. Bryant has 47 RBI and leads the Cubs and the National League in runs scored (51).
Anthony Rizzo is batting .272/.399/.562 with 15 doubles, a triple and 17 home runs for a .960 OPS. Rizzo has 39 walks and 38 strikeouts in 235 at bats.
Kris Bryant is hitting .273/.363/.531 with 15 doubles and 17 home runs for a .894 OPS. Bryant has 30 walks and 67 strikeouts in 256 at bats.
On Saturday, Rizzo tied the game in the second inning. Bryant launched the second longest homer of the season by any Cubs’ player. And it was David Ross that actually hit the game winner.
Sunday night, Bryant and Rizzo hit back-to-back jacks in the third inning.
It was the fourth homer on the night that will not soon be forgotten.
Willson Contreras’ two-out, two-run pinch-hit homer.
Anthony Rizzo (2), Kris Bryant (2), Matt Szczur (1), David Ross (1), Javier Baez (1), Willson Contreras (1) and Addison Russell (1) had quite the homer party. And only Grandpa Rossy has celebrated more than 26 birthdays.