Morel bateó de emergente para el tercera base Patrick Wisdom en la octava entrada y en su primer turno al bate conectó un jonrón solitario para subir 7-0.
De acuerdo a MLB.com, Morel told Willson Contreras he would hit his first-career home run in his first at-bat like the catcher did during his debut six years ago.
Morel went down 0-2 in the count before he hit the dinger.
“I concentrated. Y yo dije, ‘I can do it. I can do it. I’ve done it before, so I can do it right now.’ That’s what I was thinking,” Morel said.
Contreras jumped over the dugout railing and started to celebrate.
“I’ve known this guy for a really long time, and he makes me proud,” Contreras said after the game. “It was amazing. Me dijo [he would homer], and I felt like he was going to get something done. But I was thinking of a base hit. Just a base hit. Just blooper. Just something positive. And once I saw the ball going out, yo era como, that was a no-doubt. That kid has some pop in his bat.”
Morel was called up to the big leagues on Monday. He was in the top 25 on the Cubs’ prospects list, de acuerdo a MLB Pipeline.
He was hitting .306 con un .945 OPS and seven home runs at Double-A Tennessee before joining the Cubs.