Déjà vu: Schwarber hits HR off Cole in Wild Card Game


It may not have landed in a river, but it sure felt familiar.

It was six years ago when Kyle Schwarber cranked a two-run home run off Gerrit Cole in the National League Wild Card Game, the drive leaving PNC Park for a splashdown in the neighboring the Allegheny River.

Tuesday, in the 2021 AL Wild Card Game, Schwarber got Cole again. The former Cubs slugger crushed a solo shot to the right field bleachers at Fenway Park.

Schwarber's home run off Cole in 2015 NL Wild Card Game gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead over the Pirates in the third inning.

His home run Tuesday also came in the third — and gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Like the Cubs in 2015, Boston went on to win.

Here's a side-by-side of both home runs:

Schwarber has a history of success in October. He entered Tuesday with a career .288/.405/.576 slash line in 24 postseason games, all with the Cubs. His six postseason home runs are tied for most in Cubs history.

He hit five of those home runs in 2015, and in 2016 returned from a serious knee injury that kept him out most of the regular season to hit .412/.500/.471 in five World Series games. 

Schwarber and the Red Sox are squaring off with the Yankees for a berth in the ALDS. Schwarber hit leadoff Tuesday — as did former Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo for New York, which has several former Cubs on its roster.


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