Farewell, Chicago: Ex-Cubs all homer in debuts


Kris Bryant on Sunday joined former Chicago Cubs teammates Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez in making a direct good impression along with his new workforce.

The now San Francisco Big hit a two-out solo shot within the third inning of a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros. Two days earlier, Rizzo crushed a 449-foot solo dwelling run in his New York Yankees debut, whereas Baez mashed a two-run dinger in his first recreation with the New York Mets the next day.

The previous Cubs grew to become the primary trio of ex-teammates within the Fashionable Period to start out the season on the identical workforce, after which homer of their respective debuts with a brand new workforce later that season, based on the Elias Sports activities Bureau.

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Acquired in a commerce with the Cubs for 2 minor league prospects simply minutes earlier than Friday’s deadline, Bryant was greeted by chants of “KB, KB, KB” when he trotted onto the sphere for pregame warmups and obtained a standing ovation earlier than his first at-bat.

The four-time All-Star was cheered once more after putting out swinging. These cheers acquired louder after Bryant crushed an 0-1 pitch from Luis Garcia (7-6) into the left subject stands for his nineteenth dwelling run this season.

“It is good to essentially really feel welcome,” Bryant mentioned earlier than the sport. “Barry Bonds was my favourite participant. I nonetheless have the autograph that my mother went and acquired on the mall. Now I am right here. It is sort of bizarre.”

It wasn’t an ideal debut for Bryant, who began at third base. His throwing error on Martin Maldonado’s grounder down the road within the fifth gave the Astros a runner in scoring place with no outs. Logan Webb retired the following three batters to work out of the jam.

Nonetheless, Bryant made it clear how priceless he might be to the Giants as they try to remain in entrance of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres within the NL West.

“It is a bat that actually lengthens our group and makes our bench higher,” Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler mentioned of Bryant. “It makes it harder to get by way of the highest of our lineup. He’ll be good for us.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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