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Morel pinch-hit for third baseman Patrick Wisdom in the eighth inning and in his first at-bat he hit a solo home run to go up 7-0.
Cubs’ Christopher Morel celebrates at home plate after hitting a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
According to MLB.com, Morel told Willson Contreras he would hit his first-career home run in his first at-bat like the catcher did during his debut six years ago.
Morel went down 0-2 in the count before he hit the dinger.
Cubs’ Christopher Morel watches his solo home run in his first major league at bat Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
“I concentrated. And I said, ‘I can do it. I can do it. I’ve done it before, so I can do it right now.’ That’s what I was thinking,” Morel said.
Contreras jumped over the dugout railing and started to celebrate.
“I’ve known this guy for a really long time, and he makes me proud,” Contreras said after the game. “It was amazing. He told me [he would homer], and I felt like he was going to get something done. But I was thinking of a base hit. Just a base hit. Just blooper. Just something positive. And once I saw the ball going out, I was like, that was a no-doubt. That kid has some pop in his bat.”
Morel was called up to the big leagues on Monday. He was in the top 25 on the Cubs’ prospects list, according to MLB Pipeline.
Cubs’ Christopher Morel reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
He was hitting .306 with a .945 OPS and seven home runs at Double-A Tennessee before joining the Cubs.