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Chicago Cubs outfielder ends home run drought in epic fashion

On September 27, 2023, Chicago Cubs outfielder Mike Tauchman launched a solo homer in a 6–5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Nearly seven months would pass before he would hit his next home run in an MLB game.

After 21 games without a long ball last year, Tauchman broke out of his power funk in a big way on Tuesday. The 33-year-old veteran hit not one, but two opposite-field home runs against the skidding Houston Astros, propelling the Cubs to a 7-2 win at Wrigley Field.

Tauchman had been heating up lately, so it was only a matter of time before he put one in the seats. He was 7-for-17 with three doubles in his previous five games, so he clearly saw the ball well and hit it hard.

That culminated on Tuesday with his first two home runs of the season.

Tauchman’s first bomb came in his first at bat against Astros starter JP France in the bottom of the first inning. It was Chicago’s second homer of the inning (Cody Bellinger had the other), and Tauchman’s three-run shot extended the Cubs’ early lead to 5–0.

France did not allow any additional runs after that, but the damage had already been done. After walking in the third inning and striking out in the sixth, Tauchman homered again to lead off in the bottom of the eighth, making the game 7-2.

It was Tauchman’s second career multi-homer game and first since August 5, 2019, when he was with the New York Yankees.

With 27 home runs in 384 career games, Tauchman is not a big power hitter. However, on Tuesday he proved he still has some pop in his bat.