Former Kane County Cougars outfielder Albert Almora collected his first major-league hit and RBI in the Chicago Cubs’ 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
Almora made his MLB debut on Tuesday, grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the Cubs’ 3-2 loss to the Phillies. He made his first MLB start Wednesday, going 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the top of the 8th inning. The leftfielder also made an assist, throwing out Odubel Herrera at the plate in the bottom of the 1st inning.
Almora played in the Midwest League in 2013, batting .329 with 3 HR and 23 RBI in 61 games with the Cougars. He started this season in Triple-A, where he batted .318 with 3 HR, 30 RBI and 10 SB in 54 games with the Iowa Cubs.
Also worth noting from Wednesday’s Cubs-Phillies game: Former Peoria Chiefs shortstop Javier Baez went 4-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI. He played 57 games with the 2012 Chiefs, batting .333 with 12 HR, 33 RBI and 20 SB.