Tyler Colvin: Cubs Outfielder Hits Home Run in Pittsburgh, Gives Chicago Hope

Daniel MorrillCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2011

Fans in Pittsburgh watch Tyler Colvin's second inning home run sail out of PNC Park Tuesday night.
Fans in Pittsburgh watch Tyler Colvin's second inning home run sail out of PNC Park Tuesday night.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Tyler Colvin’s performance last night (3-for-5, HR) against the Pirates not only helped the Cubs to an 11-6 win, but also gave the team a glimmer of hope. 

Some wrote Colvin off after his horrendous start to this season, and it’s hard to blame them.  Geovany Soto and Randy Wells have certainly shown Chicago that players are capable of becoming mediocre after strong rookie campaigns.

If Colvin could get back on track and start spurring the ball like he did in 2010, then Cubs fans could at least feel good about having two members of the future in house. 

There’s no doubt that Colvin looked more confident at the plate last night in Pittsburgh than he did in April.  The bat fragment that Colvin took to the chest last year in Miami probably has something to do with that.

Anyone who’s been in a car accident knows that it’s not easy to just jump back in the car and hit the gas.  Same goes for baseball.  Stepping in against 90-mph pitching can’t be fun when all you can think about is the flying bat that ended your rookie year.

Colvin hit to all fields Tuesday night, launching a 430-foot home run to right, doubling to center and slapping a single to right.  Colvin's second-inning blast sailed out of PNC Park and bounced into the Allegheny River.  

A triple away from the cycle, Colvin also flew out to right and struck out looking. 

Who knows—maybe Colvin will pan out, maybe not.  He’s already 25, but there’s no need harp on that.  What Cubs fans need now is hope, and Colvin could finally give them some in what his already been a long and painful year. 

Last night’s win over the Pirates gives the Cubs three consecutive wins for only the second time all season. 

See, Colvin’s already turning things around. 

Four in a row tonight?

We can hope.