With a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday, the Chicago Cubs became the first club in 23 years to break a 10-game losing skid while ending an opponent’s 10-game winning streak.
In the eighth inning, rookie Christoper Morel hit a sacrifice fly to help the Cubs snap a 10-game losing streak, their longest since Aug. 5-16, when they went 12 games without a win.
The Braves haven’t had a 14-game winning streak since April 16, 2000, when they had a 15-game winning streak.
After hitting out in his first three at-bats and receiving guidance from catcher Willson Contreras, Morel drove home the game’s sole run against reliever A.J Minter.
“It helped me focus on what I wanted to accomplish, what I needed to focus on with that difficult lefty,” said Morel. “Willson talked to me and warned me not to search for anything low around the plate,” he said. ‘Take a look up.’
Since Philadelphia defeated Houston on Sept. 15, 1999, a combination of double-digit streaks had not finished in the same game, with the Phillies’ skid finishing at 11 and the Brewers’ winning streak ending at 12.
Since May 28 of last year, Chicago has not won 1-0 against Cincinnati. After a loss in Milwaukee on May 16, the Braves fell 1-0 for the 2nd time this season.
Minter (2-1) managed to walk pinch hitter Jonathan Villar to start the eighth inning. With a stiff breeze blowing in at Wrigley Field, he moved on Andrelton Simmons’ compromise, grabbed 3rd without a throw on Minter’s 2-1 pitch in the dirt to Morel, and ranked on Morel’s 277-foot fly to center.As Michael Harris II’s throw was slightly above the first-base line, Villar slid home headfirst.
Chris Martin (1-0) pitched a flawless eighth inning for his maiden win with the Cubs, sporting distinctive dark blue jerseys and leggings with light blue writing.
In the ninth inning, Atlanta loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter against David Robertson before Orlando Arcia grounded out. On a day when both teams united for only five hits, Robertson earned his eighth save in ten opportunities by pitching a two-hitter.
It was Atlanta’s first loss since a loss to Arizona on May 31.
“When you’re in the midst of the month, the first loss is good,” said Matt Olson, who caught one of the fourth deep flies that may have been trapped by the wind.
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker stated, “Our game is to get the ball in the air, and we kind of got pounded back here today.”
Keegan Thompson, coming off dismal efforts against the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees, marked out a career-high nine batters in six-plus shutout innings, his longest big league outing.
“I believe we made a conscious effort to throw more fastballs today,” Thompson said. “I haven’t done much damage off the fastball so far this year, and I had gone away from the four-seam fastball the past two outings.”
With two outs in the eighth, Mychal Givens struck out Arcia.
Charlie Morton pitched nine innings, striking out nine batters while walking none and allowing only three hits.
With two out in the sixth, Contreras just missed a home run on a shot off the left-center wall. Adam Duvall, the left fielder, played the ball flawlessly and limited him to a single.
On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs and Willson Contreras face Adam Duvall and the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.
Braves vs. Cubs: Live Streaming Info & Game Time
- Game Day: Sunday, June 19, 2022
- Game Time: 2:20 PM ET
- Location: Chicago, Illinois
- Stadium: Wrigley Field
- TV Channel: Marquee Sports Network
- Live Stream: fuboTV (Watch for free)
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