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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Wilson Contreras outperformed his younger brother in Chicago Cubs’ 6-3 win over Atlanta Braves

Wilson Contreras stole three hits and bases against younger brother William in his first game, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Saturday.

The win came a day after the Cubs ended their 10-game skid and also halted the Braves’ 14-game winning streak.

The Contreras brothers started with Catcher, the first time they shared a territory. He hugged the 30-year-old Wilson, a two-time All-Star, who was singled out in the first innings. Contreras then stole second base against his brother and scored on a two-run single from Jonathan Willer.

“It’s 1-0,” said Wilson Contreras.

“I didn’t want to lose to my younger brother. I’m pretty sure he was thinking the same thing. We are professionals. We love our teams,” he said.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the brothers made their debut catcher in the same game on June 10, 2014, after Yadier Molina for the St. Louis Cardinals and Jose Molina for the Tampa Bay Rays.

“With my first bat, when I hugged him, I was proud,” said Wilson Contreras. “Even before the game I was trying to put myself together.”

Wilson Contreras later doubled and went into a run. His 24-year-old brother got two hits for the Braves.

“During his last bat, he came up and he was looking at me and he said, ‘What are you looking at?’ I looked back and said, ‘What are you seeing?’ William Contreras said, “It was probably the only kind of funny moment of the day.”

The Braves Contreras singled out in the second inning but was forced out in second place on an unusual double play. Adam Duvall hit a flyball to the shallow right that fell between three fielders – Contreras was forced into second and Duvall, who was driven back into the dugout before being pushed to base by first base coach Eric Young Sr. was called out.

“I think Adam thought there were three outs,” said Brave manager Brian Snitker.

Justin Steele (2-5) got his first win since the start of his season on April 9 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He conceded two runs and five hits in five innings.

Kyle Wright (7-4) conceded five runs in six innings and a career-high 11 hits.

“I didn’t feel like I had given up on so many hits,” Wright said. “I thought I did very well, got some soft contact but put the ball in play and some things happen sometimes. Give them credit.”

Rafael Ortega Homerade and Alfonso Rivas and Andrelton Simmons each had two hits for the Cubs.

Duvall, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Michael Harris II had a pair of hits for the Braves, who had not lost a one-season series against the Cubs since 2017.

The Cubs extended their lead to 3-0 in the second in a single to right field by Wilson Contreras on Acua’s throwing error. He made it 4-0 on a double from Jason Hayward who leapt to the left from Duvall in the third.

Duvall finished fifth. The Braves lead the NL in homers but have just one in two games against Chicago.

Austin Riley’s base-loaded sacrificial fly pulled the Braves to within 4-2 in the fifth. Hayward made a sliding catch off Marcel Ozuna’s flyball for the third out.

  • Cubs outfielder Clint Frazier accepted an assignment at Triple-A Iowa after being named to the assignment on June 10.
  • The Cubs placed infielder Frank Schwindell (low back strain) on the 10-day injured list. He was dismissed in the second innings on Friday after running for the first time on the groundout. Rivas was recalled from Iowa to replace Schwindell.
  • Infielder David Boate (surgery on left shoulder) resumed his rehab work with Iowa that had been halted due to dizziness.

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