Esteban Quiroz was a highlight factory as he sparked Cubs to win in first MLB start
Esteban Quiroz was all over the field Tuesday night in Miami.
The 30-year-old rookie was making his first-ever MLB start for the Cubs, batting 2nd and playing second base.
He singled twice, including a bunt hit in the 8th inning that led to the game-winning run as the Cubs pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Marlins.
Quiroz also made a bunch of highlight-reel plays — from a nifty tag at second base to catch the MLB stolen base champ Jon Berti to an awesome diving play in shallow right field in the 7th inning.
“It was pretty impressive, so he’ll be in there tomorrow,” a smiling David Ross told reporters in Miami.
The Cubs called up Quiroz over the weekend. He spent 5 years in the minor leagues and 7 years in the Mexican League before finally earning his first spot on a major league roster.
“Everybody’s story is unique and I think all of them are enjoyable,” Ross said to reporters. “To see guys that are journeymen minor league players come up and be able to get their first big league hit.
“… You work a really long time and you play baseball your whole life to experience something like that and it’s a special moment. You root for guys like that. There was a lot of smiles in the dugout. A lot of smiles on his great plays that he made.
“What stands out to me about him and a lot of these guys that have all these stories is they believe in themselves. That’s how they got here. They have a lot of confidence and they play like that.”
Check out the complete highlights of Quiroz’s big game in the video above.