Schwarber Breaks Out To Lead Cubs Past Brewers

MILWAUKEE (670 The Score) -- Reeling after back-to-back gut-punching losses Friday and Saturday that saw them lose their ninth straight series on the road, the Cubs received a well-timed huge day from slumping outfielder Kyle Schwarber on Sunday.

Schwarber had a day to remember, hitting a grand slam and a three-run homer to en route to a seven-RBI day to lead the Cubs to an 11-4 win against the Brewers at Miller Park. Schwarber was 3-for-3 and also scored four runs.

Schwarber's grand slam off Brewers right-hander Zach Davies gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead in the second inning and was measured at 473 feet, the longest homer by Schwarber since Statcast began measuring homers in 2015. Schwarber had been dropped to eighth in the order as he was mired in a 2-for-24 slump, so his big day was relief for him as well.

"It had been a tough couple of games for me," Schwarber said. 

"To be able to pop out of it today is certainly a positive thing. Going into an off day gives us some good thoughts and rest ready to roll into St. Louis (for the start of a three-game series Tuesday)."

Schwarber had been just 3-of-23 against Davies in his career before Sunday.

"Kyle didn't miss his pitch, for sure," manager Joe Maddon said. "He had not had a lot of success against Davies. He had two home runs against him but only three hits against him. I still like the lineup two to six. I want the one, seven and eight spots to be fluid."

With the win, the Cubs regained a share of first place in the NL Central, as the Cardinals lost to the Astros. The Brewers remain one game behind each.

Sunday was the 12th time the Cubs had scored double-digit runs this season.

"I do not want our team to be home run reliant," Maddon said. "I don't want to play the 2019 game. I want us to be more than that. There were singles and a walk in front of the whole thing. I kind of like that. It was singles that set the grand slam up. I want us to play baseball. I do not want us to do this new wave analytical baseball that just tries to put balls in the seats all the time. I want us to be fundamentally sound, and that includes offense too."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.