Cubs Beat Braves To End Two Long Streaks, Angels Continue To Suffer

Jonathan Grant | June 18th, 2022

The Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves met on Friday with the expectation that it would be the visiting World Series champions that would easily win. Right? Having won 14 games in a row, they came to Wrigley Field to face a team that had lost their last 10, so surely it would be a straightforward affair and lead to a Bravos win, right? Wrong. Not on this day as the Cubbies scraped across the game’s only run in the bottom of the eighth via old school ‘small’ National League ball to win 1-0 and end the two streaks.

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The Braves’ Charlie Morton went seven innings on the mound and conceded just three hits before leaving while the Cubs got six innings of two-hit ball from Keegan Thompson before he handed the ball over. Rookie Christopher Morel’s sac fly won the game and ensured neither got a win or loss despite a scare in the top of the ninth when the Braves loaded the bases only to be shown the door. Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Angels continued their suffering as they not only lost on Friday but also saw Anthony Rendon officially go down to a season-ending injury. Injuries have been the name of the game of late for them, and Rendon will need wrist surgery to repair a problem he first saw come to the fore in May. They were beaten 8-1 in Seattle on the evening and fell 11 games behind Houston in the AL Central. As for the hottest team in the league, that now falls to the New York Yankees. They took down Toronto 12-3 on Friday to make it eight wins on the bounce and nine from their last ten.

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