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Wisdom, Schwindel pulled the 53-year-old Cubs first to break the skid originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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As the reporters gathered around his locker after Sunday’s game, cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom asked for a minute.

Wisdom then took off his Cubs jersey and donned a gray Obvious Shirts with Schwisdom written on the front.

It was appropriate. Wisdom and Schwindel hit straight eight-inning single home runs against the Diamondbacks Sunday against the Diamondbacks, tying and then giving the Cubs a 5-4 lead, the final score of the game.

And thus they entered the history of the Cubs.

Wisdom and Schwindel are the first pair of Cubs teammates to hit back-to-back home runs in consecutive games since Ernie Banks and Jim Hickman did it on August 23-24, 1969. The duo did it in the second inning on Saturday.

“It’s cool. It’s really cool,” Wisdom said. “We feed on each other’s energy.”

Said Schwindel, whose locker is next to Wisdom, when a Cubs public relations officer told him about the story: “It hurts.”

The Cubs lost four straight games leading up to Sunday and risked being swept away by the heroism of Wisdom and Schwindel.

Funny how, one pitch ahead of his homer, Wisdom hit a sharp ground ball on the third baseline. It was considered unfair, but looked almost fair.

“In the end, he succeeded,” Schwindel said. “Double would have been nice too, but back to back was pretty cool.”

Wisdom and Schwindel were two of the Cubs’ most enjoyable stories last season. Wisdom set a Cubs rookie home run record, and Schwindel took the league by storm on offense after selling out the Cubs at the deadline.

After hitting three home runs in April, they began to flock to Wisdom. He hits once in three games in a row for the first time in his career, and his number reaches nine in a season.

“Sometimes I’m in there and it feels like I’m trying to go 600 feet,” Wisdom said of his approach to Sunday’s performance.

“I remembered how I ran into them [Saturday]so I didn’t try to do too much.”

His home run was 404 feet, for what it’s worth.

After a rough stretch at the plate two weeks ago, Schwindel was selected to Triple-A Iowa before the Cubs pulled him in a pinch less than 24 hours later.

Since his demotion, his numbers have slowly risen. He was hitting .209 on a .250 percentage on base when the Cubs knocked him down.

In his 13 games since then, he hit .261 with a .306 OBP.

“Everything has recovered,” said manager David Ross. “[He’s] hits the ball hard, walks. Looks like his time has come, he’s doing a really good job in the box for us.”

Schwindel said he’s been feeling “much better” on the plate over the past week, especially pointing out his time.

“When the timing is good, the mechanics will be in sync,” he said, “just watch the timing with the fastball and adjust from there. I think it got better.”

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