Jerome Walton finished his rookie season with 46 RBI (a career-high). Five came during an August stretch as he ran his hitting streak to 25-games.
Walton twice drove in catcher Joe Girardi during a wild 16-13 loss to the Phillies at Wrigley Field (the most runs the Cubs allowed in a single game all season).
The following day Jerome’s 2-out, 2-run single was part of a six-run fifth inning, and 9-2 win against Philadelphia.
Two games later Walton smashed a 2-out double down the left field line scoring Domingo Ramos to tie the Phillies 2-2 in the fifth, but the Cubs eventually lost 5-3.
However, Jerome’s biggest hit during this run didn’t drive in a single run.
His leadoff single in the top of the 12th inning at Riverfront Stadium set the stage for Andre Dawson’s 3-run HR four batters latter.
The Reds went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning giving Chicago a 5-2 victory—and a lost bet for manager Pete Rose?
The Cubs were winning at a blistering pace taking 18 of its last 25 games. They held a 3.5 game lead in the division, and Walton was showing no signs of slowing down.
*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!
|21||Aug. 10||2-6||Philly||T. Mulholland||Single to 3B, RBI||L 16-13|
|T. Frohwirth||Single to CF, RBI|
|22||Aug. 11||1-3||Philly||L. McWilliams||Single to LF, 2 RBI||W 9-2|
|23||Aug. 12||2-5||Philly||K. Howell||Single to LF||W 9-7|
|R. O’Neal||Single to CF|
|24||Aug. 13||1-3||Philly||B. Ruffin||Double to LF, RBI||L 5-3|
|25||Aug. 15||1-6||@ Cincy||M. Roesler||Single to CF||W 5-2|