Stretch of heroics earns Schwindel NL Player of the Week


Frank Schwindel keeps racking up hardware.

MLB named Schwindel the NL Player of the Week on Tuesday after a week of heroics from the Cubs first baseman.

Schwindel went 12-for-26 (.462) with five home runs and 12 RBIs in six games. He tallied the go-ahead RBI in four games (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

He was also named the NL Rookie of the Month for August last week.

The 29-year-old supplied all the Cubs offense in a 3-0 win over the Twins last Wednesday with a three-run home run. He hit a go-ahead solo home run Friday against the Pirates.

He hit a walk-off infield single Saturday vs. Pittsburgh, diving into first base to evade a tag. His seventh-inning grand slam Sunday gave the Cubs the lead for good as they completed a sweep of the Pirates.

For good measure, he extended his streak with the decisive RBI to four straight games Monday with a tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth inning vs. the Reds.

The Cubs have won seven straight games during the stretch.

"I was borderline giddy in the dugout thinking, 'It can't happen again, can it?'" acting Cubs manager Andy Green said after Monday's win.

"We were laughing over there, just by the sheer fact that he was up with the opportunity to do something special again. Thankfully he controls his emotions better than me and [Cubs associate pitching, catching and strategy coach] Mike Borzello do.


"We were just laughing that it keeps happening right now. He needs to keep that mentality and not change, not be like the rest of us, who are kind of laughing and marveling and enjoying what he's doing.

"It's really impressive."

At this rate, Schwindel will win NL Rookie of the Year.

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