Braves vs. Cubs – Game Recap – June 17, 2022
CHICAGO – – The Chicago Cubs became the first team in 23 years to snap a losing streak of 10 or more games while ending an opponent’s winning streak of at least 10 games, beating the Braves 1 -0 Friday to stop the Braves 14- game run.
Rookie Christoper Morel hit a sacrificial fly in the eighth inning, helping the Cubs snap a 10-game slide, their longest since 12 straight losses from Aug. 5-16.
Atlanta’s 14-game winning streak was the most for the Braves since their post-1900 record of 15 from April 16 to May 2, 2000.
Morel was on the only run of the game against reliever AJ Minter after striking out on his first three at bats and then getting some advice from receiver Willson Contreras.
“It helped me focus on what I needed to do, what to focus on with this tough southpaw,” Morel said. “Willson spoke to me and said, ‘Don’t look for low stuff around the plate. Look up.'”
A pair of double-digit streaks hadn’t ended in the same game since Philadelphia beat Houston on Sept. 15, 1999, ending the Phillies’ streak at 11 and the Brewers’ winning streak at 12.
Chicago had not won 1-0 since May 28 against Cincinnati. The Braves lost 1-0 for the second time this year after a loss at Milwaukee on May 16.
Minter (2-1) walked pinch hitter Jonathan Villar in the lead in the eighth. He advanced on the sacrifice of Andrelton Simmons, stole third without throwing on Minter’s 2-1 pitch in the dirt at Morel and scored on Morel’s 277-foot volley at center with a steady wind blowing at Wrigley Field.
Villar slid headfirst as Michael Harris II’s throw was slightly over the first baseline.
While Chicago wore unusual dark blue jerseys and pants with light blue lettering, Chris Martin (1-0) threw a perfect eighth for his first win with the Cubs.
Atlanta charged against David Robertson in the ninth on two walks and a hit before Orlando Arcia was eliminated. Robertson had his eighth save in 10 chances, completing two hits in one day, the two teams combined for just five hits.
It was Atlanta’s first loss since May 31 at Arizona.
“The first loss in June is good when you’re in the middle of the month,” said Matt Olson, who hit one of the fourth deep flies that could have been held up by the wind.
“Our game is to get the ball in the air and we kind of got beat here today,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.
Keegan Thompson, after poor outings in Baltimore and the New York Yankees, hit a career-high nine while allowing two hits and two walks in more than six scoreless innings – his longest outing in the major league.
“I think we made a conscious effort today to throw more fastballs,” Thompson said. “I haven’t taken a lot of damage so far outside of fastball this year and had kind of strayed away from four-seam fastball the last two outings.”
Mychal Givens eliminated Arcia with two goals to finish the seventh.
Charlie Morton hit nine, didn’t walk and allowed three hits.
Contreras narrowly missed a homer on a left center wall drive with two in the sixth. Left fielder Adam Duvall played the ball perfectly and held it to a single.
BLOOP, HERE IT HAS BEEN
Arcia got a weird double in the fifth when his shallow pop on the right-field line dropped just right. Five-time Golden Glove winner Jason Heyward slipped and fell on his back about 10 feet from the ball.
Braves: RHP Collin McHugh, placed on the COVID-19 injured reserve on June 7, has joined the squad.
Cubs: 1B Frank Schwindel left in the second with a lower back tightness that flared up as he ran to the first on a groundout. Schwindel, who slowed about three-quarters of the way, was replaced by PJHiggins. … DE Seiya Suzuki (sprained left ring finger) is progressing slowly and started taking hits with a bat but not being thrown, manager David Ross said. … RHP Marcus Stroman (right shoulder inflammation) resumed the light throw.
Braves RHP Kyle Wright (7-3, 2.57) takes on Cubs LHP Justin Steele (1-5, 4.33) on Saturday.