When Kyle Schwarber hit a Dylan Cease 99 MPH fastball over the fence, I wasn't thinking oh man THIS COULD BE THE TURNING POINT.
It still felt like the Cubs I just watched in Pittsburgh.
But the Willson Contreras homer followed by The Bat Flip?
That one came with Nico Hoerner and Ian Happ on base, and a crooked number homer hadn't happened in what seems like forever.
The Bat Flip went so high that at one point in the replay Contreras's bat was actually pointing at his home run ball sailing out of the park.
Hey - if that doesn't get your blood pumping, nothin' will.
Then Javier Báez hit one out.
Then Victor Caratini hit a 2-run shot.
It was like the Cubs got invited to a homer party.
In all there were 5 Cub homers (although Willson's second one came off Sox 2nd baseman Yolmer Sanchez).
Báez only had one in his last 15 games - I do not remember it.
In the 7th, Sox reliever Jimmy Cordero squarely nailed Contreras with a pitch.
No doubt retaliation, the ump threw him out, and that led to Rick Renteria and pitching coach Don Cooper getting tossed as well.
Contreras just ran to first like it was nothin', got moved to 2nd on a Heyward fly ball and scored from there when Sox pitcher Jace Fry made a bad toss to first on Javy's grounder.
Meanwhile on the pitching side, Yu Darvish looked fabulous.
7 innings, 3 hits, 5 Ks, 1 walk and the Sox were just beat down when they took Yu out.
This whole season is one long small sample, right?
But it's also possible that the White Sox who were hitting homers at will earlier this season... maybe Big League Pitching has found the holes in their swings.
Well, plus Yu, so..
Anyway, I was dreading this series, but now?
Hey man it's Jon Lester on the mound tonight at 6:05, and if the Cubs win, you can call them the National League Central Division Champions.
It's like the roller coaster just started going up that hill again.