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Watch: Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber mashes 449-foot leadoff shot onto street behind Wrigley Field

May 24 (UPI) — Kyle Schwarber got the Chicago Cubs rolling with a gigantic leadoff solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The 449-foot bomb landed on Sheffield Avenue behind the right field wall.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks struck out the two first batters he faced, before forcing Eugenio Suarez into a groundout to end the top of the first inning.

Schwarber then stepped into the box to start the bottom of the first frame. Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani fell behind 2-0 in the count behind Schwarber before getting a called strike. Schwarber then blasted a 91.7-mph DeSclafani fastball well over the right field seats.

Hendricks blanked the Reds in the second and third inning, before getting some more run support. Kris Bryant hit a two-run shot in the third inning, giving Chicago a 3-0 advantage. Anthony Rizzo went yard in the next at-bat, giving the Cubs back-to-back long balls in the inning.

Yasiel Puig plated Joey Votto for the Reds’ first run in the fourth inning. Chicago held a 4-1 lead entering the fifth inning.

The Reds and Cubs play the second game of the series at 2:20 p.m. Saturday in Chicago.

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