The Chicago Cubs made history by becoming the first team in 23 years to end a losing streak of 10 or more games while ending an opponent’s winning streak of at least 10 games with their 1-0 victory over the Braves on Friday. This victory also brought an end to the Braves’ 14-game run. Check out the best bookmakers for betting on Baseball.
A sacrifice fly by Cubs rookie Christoper Morel in the eighth inning lifted the team out of a 10-game losing streak, the team’s longest since a 12-game losing streak from August 5-16 last year.
The Braves won 14 games in a row, which was the most for the team since they set a post-1900 record of 15 wins from April 16, 2000, to May 2, 2000.
Morrell took the first three at-bats and then received some advice from receiver Wilson Contreras to tee off against reliever A.J Minter in the game’s only run.
“It helped me concentrate on what I needed to do, what to focus on with that tough lefty,” Morel said. “Willson talked to me and told me ‘Don’t look for stuff low around the plate. Look high.’”
Minter (2-1) intentionally walked pinch-hitter Jonathan Villar to start the eighth inning. He advanced thanks to the sacrifice of Andrelton Simmons, stole third base without a throw on Minter’s 2-1 pitch in the dirt to Morel, and scored on Morel’s 277-foot fly to center.
As the throw made by Michael Harris II was barely above the first-base line, Villar was able to slide home headfirst. Meanwhile, Chris Martin (1-0) pitched a perfect eight for his first win with the Cubs.
Keegan Thompson set a career-high in the eight, with six-plus innings and nine strikeouts. Thompson heeded Ross’ advice to throw more fastballs, and the result was successful.
“I think everybody can take a deep sigh of relief now and just have fun,” Thompson said.
Atlanta loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter in the ninth inning before Orlando Arcia grounded out. Robertson earned his tenth save in 10 opportunities, delivering a two-hitter on a day when both teams combined for only five hits. It was the first loss for Atlanta since May 31 in Arizona.
“The first loss in June is good when you’re in the middle of the month,” said Matt Olson.
At the end of the seventh, Mychal Givens tossed out Arcia with two. On the other hand, Charlie Morton tossed out nine, no walk, and allowed three hits.
Contreras missed a home run with two in the sixth on a shot off the left-center wall. Adam Duvall, the left fielder, played the ball flawlessly and got him to a single.
In the fifth inning, Arcia got a strange double. Jason Heyward, a five-time Gold Glove winner, slid and fell approximately 10 feet from the ball.
Braves’ right-handed pitcher, Collin McHugh, who had been placed on the COVID-19 injured list on June 7, has returned to the team.
On the other side, Cubs’ first baseman Frank Schwindel was removed from the game in the second inning due to low back pain that flared up while he ran to first on a groundout. P.J. Higgins took over for Schwindel after he reached roughly three-quarters of the way down the line and began to slow down.
David Ross, the Cubs manager, revealed that outfielder Seiya Suzuki is making a gradual recovery from a sprained left ring finger. Suzuki has begun taking swings with a bat, but he has not yet began playing.
Also, right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman has been dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder and has started light throwing sessions.
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