Christopher Morel Made Some Cubs History With His 5-5 Night

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Christopher Morel Made Some Cubs History With His 5-5 Night

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Christopher Morel was going through his first difficult stretch in the big leagues, which was always expected. For two-and-a-half weeks, he was hitting just .191/.222/.309/44 wRC+ with a whopping 45.2% strikeout rate.

That’s when he got bumped down to the 9-hole by David Ross, who was hoping to take some of the pressure off and let Morel just settle back into a relaxing rhythm.

Morel responded in the following two games by immediately going 7 for 9 with two homers. It was such an explosion that when you include just those two games in his slump period, the numbers come all the way up to .260/.284/.455/101 wRC+, 41.5% K.

Morel’s five-hit night made a little history, as collected by Cubs.com:

• Morel was the first Cubs player to enjoy a five-hit game since Kris Bryant on Aug. 18, 2016.

• Morel became the first Cubs rookie to notch five hits in a game since Micah Hoffpauir on Sept. 25, 2008.

• At 23 years old, Morel became the youngest Cubs player to have a five-hit game since 18-year-old Ken Hubbs on May 20, 1962 (Game 2 of a doubleheader).

If you missed the big night, enjoy the highlights of Christopher Morel’s five hits, including the massive 440-foot homer to cap it off (albeit off a position player … ):


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.