Video: Watch Kris Bryant get his first major league hit and RBI


Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant’s major league debut on Friday against the Padres didn’t exactly go as expected. The 23-year-old went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, though he did flash some good leather on the defensive side of things.

Things went better for Bryant on Saturday, as he went 2-for-3 with three walks and an RBI single. The RBI single — a broken bat blooper to shallow center field off of Tyson Ross — came in the fifth inning, tying the game at 2-2 at the time, and marked Bryant’s first major league hit and RBI. His other single came in the 11th inning when he beat out an infield grounder against reliever Craig Kimbrel, moving the winning run to third base with one out in the process. The Cubs won two batters later on Starlin Castro’s RBI single to left field.

Watch Bryant’s first hit and RBI here:

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Bryant had a torrid spring, leading all hitters nine home runs while also knocking in 15 runs and batting .425 in 40 at-bats. The Cubs, in an effort to delay his major league service time, had Bryant start the season at Triple-A Iowa. In 33 plate appearances with Iowa, Bryant hit .321 with three home runs and 10 RBI.

Braves ace Mike Soroka out for year with torn Achilles

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Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon Monday night against the New York Mets.

Soroka was hurt in the third inning after delivering a pitch to J.D. Davis, who grounded the ball toward first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag, only to go down on his first step off the mound. The right-hander knew right away it was a devastating injury, one that ensures he won’t be back on the mound until 2021.

“It’s a freak thing that happened,” manager Brian Snitker said, delivering the grim news after the Braves lost 7-2 to the Mets. “I’m sorry it did.”

Soroka yelled in obvious pain and tried to walk gingerly for a couple of steps before dropping to his knees. He couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was helped toward the clubhouse with the assistance of Snitker and a trainer.

It was a major blow to the two-time defending NL East champion Braves, who had won five straight despite struggling to put together an effective rotation.

“Somebody else is going to get an opportunity,” Snitker said. “Things like that happen. These guys will regroup. Somebody is going to get an opportunity to do something really good. Our young guys are going to continue to get better. We’re going to be fine.”

Soroka, who turns 23 on Tuesday, made his first opening day start last month after going 13-4 with a dazzling 2.68 ERA in 2019 to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting and sixth for the Cy Young Award.

Soroka was making his third start of the season. He came in having allowed just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings but struggled against the Mets, giving up three hits and four walks. He was charged with four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, the second-shortest outing of his career.

Unfortunately for Soroka, he won’t get a chance to make up for it this season.