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Michael Hermosillo blasts 441-foot home run in first start with Chicago Cubs

CINCINNATI – The second home run of Michael Hermosillo’s major-league career and first as a member of his boyhood favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, was as impressive as it was memorable for the 2013 Ottawa High School graduate and two-time The Times Baseball Player of the Year.

“Taking advantage of every opportunity and enjoying every minute of it,” he said in a press conference after the Cubs’ 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Red.

After entering Tuesday night’s game as a pinch hitter, flying out in his one at-bat and then playing center field, Michael Hermosillo started for the Chicago Cubs in their 11:35 a.m. Wednesday contest at Cincinnati and homered in his first at-bat.

Batting sixth between David Bote and Robinson Chirinos in the Cubs’ order and playing right field in place of Jason Heyworth, Hermosillo blasted a two-run, 441-foot, second-inning homer to left-center off Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle. The noontime blast — which prompted Cubs radio play-by-play man Pat Hughes to recite his famous “Get out the tape measure, long gone!” catchphrase — was Hermosillo’s second major-league home run and first as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

The right-handed outfielder came up again in the third inning with runners on the corners and nobody out, striking out on five pitches. His fifth-inning at-bat ended with the local product taking first after being hit by a pitch. He then grounded into an inning-ending, 6-4-3 double play to end the seventh, finishing the day 1-for-3.

Hermosillo was selected Tuesday to Chicago from the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. In Iowa, he hit .310 with 10 home runs, 29 RBIs and a 1.048 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He also stole seven bases in 10 attempts.

Hermosillo’s call-up is his first look with the Chicago Cubs after signing with his boyhood favorite team in the offseason as a free agent. Tuesday night marked his first major league action since playing 56 games over multiple stints with the Los Angeles Angels from 2018-20, with only nine games played in 2020.

The homer was his first in the majors since 2018 with the Los Angeles Angels, who drafted Hermosillo straight out of high school in the 28th round of the 2013 Amateur Draft. The Angels granted him free agency in November of 2020, and Hermosillo signed with the Cubs 10 days later.

The Chicago Cubs have a scheduled off day Thursday before beginning a weekend series with the Kansas City Royals at Wrigley Field on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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