The Cubs were hoping a return home on Friday could help them snap a five-game losing streak, and the fans were ready to welcome home some players who had seemingly said their goodbyes. It did not look good for the home team lat, but then a returning hero hit a dramatic home run for the win.
Both starters were very good on Friday with Edward Cabrera and Justin Steele combining for 18 strikeouts. The Marlins finally broke the scoreless tie when Joey Wendle singled in a run against Brandon Hughes in the 7th.
Why the Cubs Won
The pitching was very good, holding Miami to one run and giving the offense just enough room for a win.
Eye on the Future
- Steele was great but ran out of pitches and left in the 5th: 4.2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 10 K, and 1 BB.
Stats That Matter
- Nick Madrigal had two of the Cubs’ four hits on Friday.
- Contreras received a nice hand for his first at-bat and he certainly returned the favor in the 8th.
Contreras home runs at Wrigley Field are fun, aren’t they, ladies and gentlemen? More importantly, Steele continues to look better and better on the mound, which is excellent news for 2023 and beyond.