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Jorge Soler is third player in last 100 years with an extra-base hit in each of his first five games

Sep 1, 2014, 9:11 PM EDT

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Jorge Soler made his Wrigley Field debut this afternoon and the Cubs faithful were happy with what they saw. In addition to a 4-2 win over the Brewers, Soler went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

After hearing a big ovation from the home crowd for his first at-bat in the second inning, Soler poked an opposite-field double and eventually came around to score on a bloop single from Welington Castillo. The 22-year-old was later credited with another double in the sixth, this time after hitting the ball off the right-center field wall. He managed to advance to third on the play due to an error by center fielder Gerardo Parra. The Cubs were then given a bit of a scare when Soler was hit in the leg by a line drive off the bat of Castillo, but the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder was fine.

With today’s performance, Soler became the third player in the last 100 years with an extra-base hit in each of his first five games in the majors. Enos Slaughter (1933) and Will Middlebrooks (2012) are the only others. A Hall of Famer and someone who has a .651 OPS since his rookie season. Interesting duo.

Soler is now hitting .526 (11-for-19) with three home runs, four doubles, seven RBI, and a 1.761 OPS over his first five games since his call-up from Triple-A. He’s yet another reason for Cubs fans to be really excited about the future.

  1. Glenn - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    More trivia – both Slaughter and Middlebrooks are Red Six killers.

  2. raysfan1 - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Let’s hope for his sake his career arc follows Slaughter’s production more than Middlebrooks’.

  3. drewzducks - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Slaughter was on the ’46 Cards team that beat the Sox in the world series and Middlebrooks was on the ’13 Sox team that beat the Cards in the series.

  4. tn16 - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Solder power brining the Cubs to the 21st Century

    • hurricanegrabowski - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      I didn’t realize the Patriot’s left tackle was acquired by Theo. Must be those old Boston connections.

      • Florio_Jr. - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Best comment!!!

  5. derklempner - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Soler is 10-for-19, not 11-for-19. His BA would be .579 if it were the latter.

    What’s most impressive is – although it’s only through five games so far – the fact he’s getting extra-base hits in over 35% of his at-bats (23 total bases in those 19 at-bats). So far, he’s slugging a whopping 1.211! This kid plays with a huge grin on his face, and so far he’s making it look very easy to play baseball at the Major League level.

    I know he’ll return to Earth soon enough, but it’s fun watching him swing the bat.

    • delusionalcubsfan - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Sure is fun to watch. Yesterday when he hit that second double and then made it to third on a good read of the outfielder bobbling it, he was standing on third with a big grin on his face. He really seems like he’s having fun playing the game. I have to think he’s great to have in the dugout because of this.

  6. omarbow - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Sebastian . I just agree… Helen `s artlclee is astonishing, I just bought Chevrolet when I got my cheque for $6747 this-last/month and would you believe, ten k last-month . without a doubt it is the nicest work Ive had . I actually started 8-months ago and straight away made myself over $78, p/h .
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  7. Florio_Jr. - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    As a Cards fan, I’m nervous about this team starting next year. Think one more year of sub-.500 for them, then they take off. Depending on how they address pitching.

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