WASHINGTON — Forget about the first shot. Sometimes, what Kyle Schwarber needs is an initial public offering.
In the Nats’ 4-3 win over the Rays on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, Schwarber sent Rich Hill’s 83.4 mph fast ball to Statcast’s projected 434 feet at 112.1 mph to the right field. It was his 25th home run – drawing with Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. to take the lead in the National League – a homer leading seventh and a shot. The first is the second of the season.
With 12 home runs in 10 games, Schwarber tied the mark set by Albert. Bell of the Indians in 1995. He also tied the Giants’ Barry Bond (2001) and the Cubs’ Sammy Sosa (1998) with 16 dingers in an 18-game stretch.
Homer also extended the Schwarber Nationals record held for most of the homecoming in any month.
Two bats at first, Juan Sototo rocked his ninth home run of the season at 378 feet to the right. In the second, Victor Robles spoke of his first homer this year. That was the first pitch shot traveling 399 feet to the center left. Robles hasn’t been on the pitch since September 20, 2020.