In a 4-1 win against the Pirates, featuring a fantastic Jake Arrieta and a big game from Anthony Rizzo, the unquestioned top highlight came when the Cubs lined into an out in center field.
That makes for a highlight because the batter was reliever Pedro Strop, who was staying in the game to pitch part of the next inning (and there were two outs). Strop jumped all over a 98 mph fastball and sent it out at an even more impressive 105 mph.
Strop knew he crushed it, and in a moment like that for a reliever, you want him to flip that bat. He tried:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 30, 2017
Andrew McCutchen’s reaction was absolutely priceless:
Lolz Andrew McCutchen in shock after Pedro Strop's hit to center field. pic.twitter.com/47KfOReyhy
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) August 30, 2017
When the relief pitcher smokes one to you in center field. pic.twitter.com/ZcrOmYfKje
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) August 30, 2017
Watch out for future plate appearances, fellow NL pitchers. The Cubs have a secret weapon. Heck, maybe Strop will just see some more time in left field when the other guys need a break.