Contreras, Morel homer as Cubs beat Reds
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, June 30, 2022

Willson Contreras celebrates his home run against Cincinnati (photo courtesy of Ch. Sun Times)

(CHICAGO) – Christopher Morel unleashed a laser from center field toward the plate. In a flash, the Cubs let loose. Morel’s rocket throw to cut down Tommy Pham trying to score on a fly to center got the Chicago Cubs out of a bases-loaded jam and helped propel them to an 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Contreras homered for Chicago, and Morel also went deep, but the play that stood out came with the Cubs clinging to a 1-0 lead with one out in the fourth inning. Donovan Solano sent a line drive to center. Morel took a few steps to his left, made the catch and, with his momentum going toward the plate, fired a 97.3 mph pellet on one hop. Contreras hauled in the throw a little up the third-base line and reached to his right to tag Pham on the letters on his back as he slid by, ending the threat. st inning. He made it 5-0 in the fifth inning with his 13th homer against Luis Cessa. Nico Hoerner extended his hitting streak to seven games, matching a career high, when he smacked a two-run double in the fourth. He finished 1 for 3 after five consecutive multi-hit games. Cincinnati has lost nine of 12.