Legends On Deck

Cubs Russell Hits First MLB HR, Lester Wins First

The Chicago Cubs are looking more and more these days as contenders and the key to their winning ways is timely hitting and good pitching.

On Friday afternoon at Wrigley Park, another one of their top prospects took center stage and this time it wasn’t Kris Bryant.  Addison Russell was the star of the game as he launched his first major league home run against the Milwaukee Brewers, in the bottom of the third inning to put the Cubs up for good, 1-0.

Since Russell’s debuted on April 21, he has hit safely in six of his first eight games,  batting .194 (6 for 31), with three doubles and six RBI’s to go along with his first home run. In 11 minor league games, Russell was batting .318 (14 for 44), with four doubles, a home run and nine RBI’s.

Jon Lester (1-2, 4.71) pitched his most dominate game on the season, as he tossed seven innings, allowing no runs on three hits, walking one and striking out four. Lester threw 90 pitches, with 56 for strikes, inducing seven ground outs and eight fly balls, facing 26 batters.

The Cubs managed eight hits off Brewers starter Wily Peralta (0-4, 4.35), who took the loss for his fourth on the season.

The victory improves the Cubs to 13-8 as they remain two games behind the first place St. Louis Cardinals (15-8).

David Conde
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