CHICAGO - Michael Hermosillo’s weekend is off to a great start.
The Ottawa native and Chicago Cubs outfielder singled, doubled and homered in his first three at-bats Friday afternoon in the Cubs’ National League Central 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Batting leadoff for Chicago, the 2013 Ottawa High School graduate led off the bottom of the first inning with a double against Pirates starting pitcher Steven Brault. He then drove a line-drive, two-run single to left field in the second and made it 3-for-3 against Brault with a tape-measure, 425-foot solo homer to left-center on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the fourth.
Hermosillo came up for his fourth plate appearance in a tie, 5-5 ballgame leading off the home half of the sixth against reliever Shelby Miller, flying out to the warning track in left. In the bottom of the eighth, he grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.
Through Friday’s victory, Hermosillo is currently batting .206 on the season with three home runs and seven runs batted in since being called up to the major-league Cubs roster from Triple-A Iowa last month.