The Willson Contreras Game. Those are the only four words to describe the Cubs big 11-2 win over the White Sox in the Crosstown Classic on Friday afternoon. On his “Bobblehead” Day, Willson Contreras was the absolute star of the game with an incredible performance.
Willson Contreras: 4 for 5, 2 HR, 2 R, 7 RBI
Ben Zobrist: 3 for 6, 2 R
Kris Bryant: 2 for 3, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Tyler Chatwood: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, Win
How it Happened
It all started in the first inning when Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI single to right and everything broke loose for the Cubs. Willson Contreras became just the second Cubs catcher in history to hit a Grand Slam in the first inning of the game dating back to the 1970s. That blast, of course, put the Cubs up 5-0 in just the first inning that would get Carson Fulmer pulled in the next inning. The White Sox added one run via an RBI double in the fourth, but the Cubs answered. Kris Bryant became the second Cub to homer on the day, with a solo shot into deep left field making it 6-1 Cubs. The White Sox tacked on another run in the fifth but that was all before the Cubs offense would shine again.
In the sixth inning against all odds, Willson Contreras blasted his second home run of the day to left center extending their lead to 7-1 over the White Sox. Then in the seventh inning, Kris Bryant hit an RBI single, Javy Baez hit an RBI sac-fly to center, and Willson Contreras hit an RBI double to right scoring four runs in total to make the lead 11-2 in the Cubs favor. Solid bullpen pitching would keep the score right where it was at, and the Cubs ended up winning 11-2.
One Great Moment
It’s not every day we see a performance as spectacular as this one was for Willson Contreras. The Cubs might just have to make every day Willson Contreras “Bobblehead” day because he was absolutely brilliant with not only his bat but his arm as well. Check out this highlight reel from Contreras’ game that is no doubt “One Great Moment” worthy.
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The Cubs improve to 20-15 this season but still remain in fourth place in the NL Central with wins from everybody in the division on Friday. The way they are playing, we will run away with the Central come July.
Jon Lester seeks to keep the momentum rolling for the Cubs on Saturday when they face the White Sox again at 1:20 PM CT on ABC 7 and 670 The Score.