Addison Russell launched two home runs, second multi-homer game of season
Addison Russell really likes hitting fifth in the lineup. Russell went yard twice Sunday for his second multi-homer game of the season. Russell had two hits in three at-bats and his second knock of the game went a long way out to left … 465 feet, the second longest home run hit by the Cubs this season.
Addison Russell is the youngest shortstop in Cubs history with a multi-homer game. And he’s already done it three times in his career.
It appears Russell has found a spot in the Cubs’ lineup. Russell said he likes hitting fifth and the numbers back it up. In the 26 games that Joe Maddon has batted him fifth this season, Russell has hit .287/.348/.554 with three doubles and eight home runs for a .903 OPS. Russell has 26 RBI in those 26 games (101 at bats).
Russell has really turned it on in August. In his last 17 games, Russell is batting .300/.380/.583 with two doubles and five home runs with a .964 OPS. And since returning from the All-Star Game in San Diego, Russell is hitting .280/.356/.500 in 33 games with six doubles, a triple and six home runs for a .856 OPS.
For the season, Addison Russell is batting .247/.337/.430 with 17 doubles, three triples and 17 home runs for a .767 OPS. Russell has 78 RBI in 116 games. Russell is within reach of a 20-20 season with 100 runs batted in.