On April 18th, the Chicago Cubs dominated the Oakland Athletics with a 10-1 victory. Fueled by impressive performances from Patrick Wisdom and Cody Bellinger.
Wisdom went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs, becoming the first Cub to hit homers in four consecutive games on the road since Fred McGriff accomplished the feat in September 2001. Patrick Wisdom also tied for the major league home run lead with the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso. With both players having hit eight home runs.
Bellinger went 5-for-5 with a double and a run. Marking the first five-hit game of his career and extending his hitting streak to seven games.
Ian Happ had a strong showing, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. While Nico Hoerner added two hits, three runs, a stolen base, and an RBI. Seiya Suzuki also contributed three hits to Chicago’s 20-hit barrage.
Hayden Wesneski earned the win, allowing only one run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced. Including 15 in a row at one point.
Oakland’s Kyle Muller took the loss. Allowing six runs on 13 hits over four-plus innings, while Esteury Ruiz had two hits for the A’s.
After Oakland took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, Chicago tied it up in the second on Wisdom’s 428-foot home run and then took a 2-1 lead in the third on Suzuki’s RBI single.
The Cubs broke the game open in the fourth, sending nine batters to the plate and extending their lead to 6-1 with highlights including Bellinger’s line-drive double off the wall in center, RBI singles by Yan Gomes and Hoerner, and a two-run single by Happ.
In the eighth inning, Chicago sealed the victory with a four-run outburst, highlighted by Wisdom’s second homer of the night and fifth in four games, a three-run blast to center measuring 412 feet.