On Tuesday evening, prospect Albert Almora stepped into the batter’s box as a pinch-hitter and grounded out in his first major league at-bat. Yesterday, the recently called up superstar had the opportunity to shine in his first start.
It was a great day for the guys behind the mound and right-hander John Lackey as the first-place Chicago Cubs improved to 41-17 with an 8-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Lackey worked in seven scoreless innings, holding the home team to just three hits.
This offense exploded after driving in only two runs on Tuesday. Both Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist homered in the same inning. Bryant’s two-run homer extended the lead to 3-0 while Zobrist later added a solo home run of his own to extend the lead out to four.
Javier Baez had himself a wonderful afternoon at the plate, finishing the game with two singles that resulted in runs crossing the plate.
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Almora finished the game with only one hit but it tallied his first career RBI as well. Not to mention an outfield assist that tagged Herrera at the plate.
Chicago has been blessed with a handful of rising stars who made their way through the minor league circuit only to make their big league debuts. It all started with Starlin Castro six years ago in Cincinnati.
There’s no doubt that the future for this Chicago Cubs team who holds the best record in professional baseball. If they’re able to keep things up, they’ll win their first National League Central title for the first time since the 2008 campaign.
Hopefully, things will be much different in the postseason as they were manhandled that year but eliminated in the National League Championship Series at the hands of Daniel Murphy and the New York Mets.
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