Carlos Pena finally hits his first home run of the year!

By jamesfrench

Everyone has been watching, listening or reading about how much Carlos Pena has been struggling. Not only has his batting average been way below .200, and has only driven in five runs, but he hadn’t hit a homer yet.

Carlos Pena was literally brought in for two reasons. The first being his defense, as he is a gold glove caliber defender over at first base. Something the Cubs desperately needed in order to help the young Starlin Castro out. The other reason was for his home run production on the left side of the plate.

Tampa Bay Rays’ Carlos Pena (L) celebrates his two-run home run in the ninth inning with team-mate Sean Rodriguez who scored on the play as they face the Texas Rangers during Game 3 of their American League Division Series MLB baseball game in Arlington, Texas October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Nobody knew that he was going to struggle this mightily at the plate. After all, he has averaged 34 home runs per 162 games played. Now the weight is finally off his shoulders as he launched a solo shot to right field tying the ball game against the Dodgers.

I almost want to call this like our current segment, “on this day in Chicago Cubs history…” Hopefully now that he has less pressure, we can start to see balls launched into the bleachers more regularly. You knew it was coming with the way he had been swinging the bat the past few games. Every time he made contact with the ball, it seemed like it would make it to the warning track. Congratulations Carlos Pena, now let’s see more!

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