CHICAGO (AP) — Nico Hoerner had a solid all-around season. Christopher Morel made a successful big league debut. Justin Steele and Keegan Thompson had breakthrough performances on the mound.
At the end of another long year, the Chicago Cubs felt they were moving in the right direction.
CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Nola surrendered Christopher Morel's three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies lost 4-2 to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
Philadelphia (83-71) dropped its fourth consecutive game.
MIAMI (AP) — Ian Happ hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Patrick Wisdom hit his 23rd homer for the Cubs, who had only four hits.
TORONTO (AP) — Danny Jansen hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and singled home the winning run in the 11th as the Toronto Blue Jays overcame a four-run deficit to defeat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Monday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers beat up on the Chicago Cubs' bullpen to turn a pitchers' duel into a rout.
Yelich went 4 of 5 with a three-run homer, Brandon Woodruff pitched six strong innings and the Brewers beat the Cubs 7-0 on Saturday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Christopher Morel and Patrick Wisdom each hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs topped the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 on Friday for their fourth straight win.
Morel’s drive down the left-field line in the sixth inning put the Cubs ahead for good in a seesaw game on a warm day with the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field.
CHICAGO (AP) — Keegan Thompson pitched six effective innings, rookies Nelson Velázquez and Christopher Morel homered in the third inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 Monday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carlos Rodón struck out 10 over seven dominant innings amid speculation he could be traded, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Sunday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Wood took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Thursday night to stop a seven-game slide.
Yermín Mercedes hit an early two-run single, and four Giants pitchers combined on a three-hitter to snap Chicago's six-game winning streak.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Yan Gomes hit two home runs, Drew Smyly tossed six sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Nelson Velázquez also went deep for the Cubs, who have won four in a row to pull within 19 games of .500.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Castellanos' first season in Philadelphia has been a struggle, and his frustration boiled over Saturday night.
Nico Hoerner homered early and scored the tiebreaking run in a five-run 10th inning that sent the Chicago Cubs to a 6-2 victory over Castellanos and the Phillies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nelson Velázquez does not like hitting against position players. Maybe he’ll feel a little better now – especially after such a rare accomplishment in Cubs history.
Velázquez hit two late homers – including a ninth-inning drive off Phillies backup catcher Garrett Stubbs – and drove in five runs, Seiya Suzuki and Willson Contreras also went deep and Chicago routed Philadelphia 15-2 on Friday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Nico Hoerner's liner landed in the grass in center field. Willson Contreras raced home, and David Robertson closed it out.
And just like that, the Chicago Cubs hit the All-Star break with a sigh of relief, instead of a long losing streak.
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Carrasco pitched six sharp innings, Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso homered, and the New York Mets handed the Chicago Cubs their seventh straight loss, 8-0 on Thursday night.
The Mets won for the third time in four games, maintained their 2 1/2-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East and improved their road record to 28-19.
Baltimore Orioles (43-44, fifth in the AL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (34-52, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Tuesday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Orioles: Jordan Lyles (5-7, 4.59 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 81 strikeouts); Cubs: Adrian Sampson (0-0, 3.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 19 strikeouts)
Boston Red Sox (43-35, third in the AL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (32-46, third in the NL Central)
Chicago; Sunday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: TBD; Cubs: Keegan Thompson (7-3, 3.34 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 63 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox placed pitcher Rich Hill on the 15-day injured list because of a sprained left knee and recalled reliever Phillips Valdéz from Triple-A Worcester before their game against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Boston Red Sox (43-34, third in the AL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (31-46, third in the NL Central)
Chicago; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Josh Winckowski (3-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 13 strikeouts); Cubs: Alec Mills (0-1, 9.87 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 10 strikeouts)
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CHICAGO (AP) — Christopher Morel got a belt-high pitch and launched it toward Waveland Avenue for a long two-run homer.
Another big moment for the rookie from the Dominican Republic. And he's had a few lately, whether he was delivering at the plate or in the field.
CHICAGO (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill left Thursday's start against the Chicago Cubs because of a sprained left knee.
Hill had a 4-0 lead through four innings before exiting during a three-run fifth.
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Wisdom hit a grand slam and a solo homer en route to a career-high six RBIs, rookie Christopher Morel had a career-high five hits and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 15-7 Thursday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Christopher Morel unleashed a laser from center field toward the plate. In a flash, the Cubs let loose.
Chicago catcher Willson Contreras pointed toward the dugout and let out a roar.
Atlanta Braves (37-27, second in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (23-40, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Friday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Charlie Morton (4-3, 5.67 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 66 strikeouts); Cubs: Keegan Thompson (6-2, 3.67 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 39 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Musgrove pitched seven effective innings in his third straight win, and the San Diego Padres handed the Chicago Cubs their 10th consecutive loss with a 6-4 victory on Thursday.
Musgrove (8-0) permitted two runs and five hits, struck out a season-high nine and walked one.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini hit successive homers, sparking a power surge that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Chicago Cubs 9-3 on a rainy Tuesday night.
Jorge Mateo, Austin Hays and Ramón Urías also connected for the Orioles, who beat the Cubs for the first time in seven tries since 2008.
CHICAGO (AP) — Almost as soon as the winning run crossed the plate, Chicago Cubs rookie Christopher Morel got swarmed.
He came through in a big moment and set off quite a celebration.
Morel drove in Jason Heyward with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Milwaukee Brewers (32-19, first in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (20-29, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Brewers: Jason Alexander (0-0); Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (2-5, 5.20 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 36 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Wisdom had his sights set on something, anything, in the strike zone. He got a pitch up over the middle of the plate and did he ever drill it.
Wisdom hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the eighth inning, Willson Contreras and P.J.