Cubs rookie Christopher Morel hits walk-off sac fly to beat Brewers in extra innings

Morel also has reached base in all 15 major-league games he’s played, a franchise record.

SHARE Cubs rookie Christopher Morel hits walk-off sac fly to beat Brewers in extra innings
Cubs rookie Christopher Morel celebrates with teammates following a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning against the Brewers at Wrigley Field.

Cubs rookie Christopher Morel celebrates with teammates following a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning against the Brewers at Wrigley Field.

Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Cubs rookie Christopher Morel took a deep breath before delivering a walk-off sacrifice fly Wednesday.

He said after the Cubs’ 4-3 extra-innings win against the Brewers that he was taking catcher Willson Contreras’ advice: “Hey, breathe, take your time.”

Morel had fouled off the first two pitches of the 10th-inning plate appearance. He watched a changeup that fell out of the strike zone. Then, he drove the fourth pitch to center field.

“I wanted to put the ball in play,” Morel said, “and [Jason] Heyward is a good runner. I trusted Heyward in this moment.”

The fly ball was deep enough for Jason Heyward to tag up at third and score.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “... Thank you God for this moment, my family, my country [the Dominican Republic], my city. And I’m so happy.”

Morel’s teammates ran out to greet him on the field, throwing water and cheering.

“He’s been coming through for us for a while now in a lot of different ways,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He’s one of those guys you just can’t wait till he gets back up, the top of the lineup turns over, and he’s that spark.”

It’s felt like a while, but Morel has only been in the big-leagues for about two weeks.

Morel also extended his on-base streak to 15 games in the first inning Wednesday as he drew an eight-pitch walk. After advancing to second on a single from Contreras, Morel stole third and scored on the errant throw from Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez. That was the first first run of the game.

The night before, Morel had set the franchise record for the longest on-base streak to start a career.

“That’s awesome,” Contreras said when he learned Morel had broken the record Contreras set in 2016. “Morel brings the energy. He brings a lot of things to the table. What I like the most is that he’s never mad, he’s never concerned about anything. That’s one thing that lets him play the way he’s playing right now. He deserves to stay here.”

The Latest
Springsteen, McCartney and other famous fans talk up the musician and ‘Sopranos’ star in comprehensive documentary.
Ex-state Sen. Annazette Collins told the judge that she “let the voters down” and is “determined to never be in this situation again.”
En plena gira por Norteamérica con Caifanes, la banda mexicana celebra sus 35 años de carrera y el lanzamiento de “La Bas(e)” canción dedicada a los migrantes.
Los Bomberos de Chicago respondieron a una llamada de un incendio el miércoles en un taller de reparación de automóviles y baterías alrededor de las 6 p.m.
La ex alcaldesa Lori Lightfoot creó el Fondo Suplementario de Emergencia para Víctimas como proyecto piloto en cinco comunidades. Su sucesor, el alcalde Brandon Johnson, está utilizando fondos federales de estímulo para ampliar el programa a otros 10 vecindarios.