Jerome-O-Meter | Gm 16-20

Jerome Walton

On August 5, 1989, Jerome Walton’s ninth inning single to right field scored Shawon Dunston as the go-ahead run in a 4-2 come-from-behind victory at Pittsburgh.

The thrilling win tied Chicago (63-47) with Montreal atop the NL East Division.

Despite a heart-breaking 5-4 setback in 18 innings the following day vs. the Barry Bonds led Pirates, the Cubs returned to Wrigley Field and promptly swept the Expos three games to none.

It was a signature series win for the North Siders, turning its first place tie into a comfortable 3.0 games lead in the division. As it turns out, the Cubs never relinquished its top spot for the remainder of the regular season.

Walton, meanwhile, was swinging a red-hot bat during this five game stretch hitting at a .458 clip (11-for-24), including a 5-for-12 performance against Montreal pitching, all while running his hitting streak to 20-games.

*Throughout spring training I’ll recap Walton’s 30-game hitting streak that sparked the Cubs from a 2.5 games deficit in the division to a 2.5 game lead!

Games | 1 – 5 | 6 – 10 | 11 – 15 | 16 – 20 | 21 – 25 | 26 – 30 |

Gm Date Walton Opponent Pitcher Outcome Score
16 Aug. 5 3-5 @ Pitt J. Smiley Bunt Single W 4-2
J. Smiley Single to 3B
B. Landrum Single to RF, RBI
17 Aug. 6 3-7 @ Pitt J. Robinson Double to LF L 5-4
R. Kramer Single to RF
D. Drabek Single to CF
18 Aug. 7 3-4 Montreal P. Perez Single to CF W 5-2
P. Perez Triple to LF
A. McGaffigan Single to CF
19 Aug. 8 1-4 Montreal D. Martinez HR Deep CF W 4-2
20 Aug. 9 1-4 Montreal B. Smith Single to RF W 3-0

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