Hayden Wesneski Sep 22, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Hayden Wesneski (19) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a rough season for the Chicago Cubs. But since being traded to Chicago by the New York Yankees for relief pitcher Scott Effross, rookie pitcher Hayden Wesneski has provided some bright moments for the team in the season’s final weeks. He did so again on Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Wesneski struck out Pittsburgh’s Jack Suwinski, Zack Collins and Jason Delay on three pitches each. In doing so, he became the first Cub to throw an immaculate inning in 18 years.

The MLB world acknowledged Wesneski’s accomplishment while also marveling at the wicked slider he threw to get Strike 3 on all three hitters.

Thursday marked Wesneski’s fourth appearance and second start for the Cubs since getting called up in September. In his previous start, the 24-year-old right-hander went seven innings, allowing one run while surrendering three hits and issuing no walks while striking out seven.

Wesneski’s MLB career is still young and can go a number of different ways. But early on, it sure seems like the Cubs might have landed a steal in their trade with the Yankees. Wesneski looks like someone who can be an anchor in Chicago’s rotation for a while going forward.

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