Willson Contreras began getting emotional within the dugout after he crushed a first-inning grand slam Monday evening.
The slam punctuated an eight-run first inning towards the Pittsburgh Pirates, all of the offense the Chicago Cubs wanted in a 9-0 win at Wrigley Discipline. Left-hander Wade Miley locked down the Pirates lineup, tossing seven scoreless innings and permitting only one baserunner for the Cubs’ third straight victory.
Contreras’ fourth profession grand slam was greater than what it meant inside the context of the sport. It was the one hundredth residence run of Contreras’ profession, a milestone that prompted emotional ideas within the dugout of the Venezuelan native’s winding baseball journey.
“The entire thing that I went via within the minors got here to thoughts,” Contreras stated. “I imply, the highway will not be simple, however for those who put the precise work in, you may get there. At the moment is a kind of days that made me consider my childhood, the place I got here from. It makes me proud.”
Contreras jumped a first-pitch hanging curveball from Pirates right-hander Bryse Wilson for the 422-foot grand slam. After the sport, he acquired his one hundredth residence run ball from the fan who caught it, exchanging a few balls and a bat and taking some images with the fan.
Contreras plans to offer the souvenir to his dad, Wuiliam.
“He is aware of how exhausting we work to get to the large leagues and there was plenty of calls throughout the minor leagues, plenty of frustration, plenty of obstacles that have been in my highway,” Contreras stated. “However he was a help. He and my mother (Olga) have been there on a regular basis and that is for them.”
Contreras’ one hundredth residence run was notable on a number of ranges:
- He turned the third Cubs catcher to succeed in the mark, becoming a member of Gabby Hartnett (231 homers) and Jody Davis (122).
- In response to Elias Sports activities Bureau, Contreras — who led off the primary with a double — is the primary Cub with a grand slam and an extra-base hit in the identical inning since Wildfire Schulte on Aug. 16, 1911.
- Contreras is one in all simply 10 leadoff hitters since 1901 with a first-inning grand slam. George Springer, in 2016 for the Houston Astros, is the one different participant to perform the feat within the final 35 years.
“Unbelievable, man,” catcher Yan Gomes stated. “He’s most likely one of many higher gamers on this recreation, and you’ll see when he will get scorching, it’s not identical to a few base hits. It’s like there’s no stadium that may maintain him. So it’s good to have him on our facet.”
The Cubs despatched 13 batters to the plate within the first with three of their eight hits going for additional bases. Ian Happ, Gomes, Andrelton Simmons and Rafael Ortega every recorded an RBI earlier than Contreras’ grand slam.
Watching Contreras’ particular second reminded supervisor David Ross of his one hundredth profession residence run, which he hit in 2016 at Wrigley over the last of his 15 big-league seasons. Ross laughed when noting the way it took him loads longer to hit the mark than Contreras, who simply turned 30 in his seventh season.
“He’s acquired to do plenty of cool issues early on in his profession, and it’s why he’s such a particular participant,” Ross stated.
Miley didn’t want any extra offensive help after the eight-run first. He utilized his pure fast tempo and an aggressive method that allowed him to rack up outs with an environment friendly pitch rely.
Miley tallied six strikeouts and didn’t stroll a batter after issuing 5 walks in three innings throughout his season debut Tuesday in San Diego.
“I imply, guys know what I’m going to do,” Miley stated. “I’m going to throw stuff in exhausting and mushy away. However I’ve to have the ability to command it.”
Miley’s lone baserunner got here on Michael Chavis’ two-out single within the fifth. Cubs followers booed Chavis as he reached first base after he stepped out of the field twice throughout the at-bat. The second time name pissed off Miley as a result of he was already going into his supply when plate umpire Dan Bellino stopped him to award Chavis’ request.
The Pirates second baseman hit the subsequent pitch into left to finish Miley’s excellent recreation.
“The second was just a little late,” Miley stated. “I’m already in my leg kick once I hear (Bellino) begin screaming. You don’t have to offer him time, so I used to be simply letting Dan know that I perceive they name time loads however you don’t have to offer it to him.
“I‘m working fast, I’m coming at you, and if you wish to step out, step out — I’m going to maintain doing it, I don’t actually care.”