After Cubs lefty Justin Steele made his Major League debut on Monday night in Milwaukee, he found his long-time friend, Adbert Alzolay, in the dugout.
“Me and him had the biggest hug,” Steele said on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re just very proud of each other. We’ve pushed each other to get here.”
Summoned from the South Bend, Ind., alternate training site prior to Monday’s game, Steele logged 1 1/3 shutout innings across the sixth and seventh in Chicago’s 6-3 loss. It was a silver-lining moment in a tough day for the ballclub.
The 25-year-old Steele struck out the first batter he faced, Daniel Robertson, to escape a sixth-inning jam. The pitcher got to keep that baseball as a memento, and said he plans on giving it to his mom.
Steele finished with a pair of strikeouts in his first taste of the Majors, firing his four-seamer 22 times out of 30 pitches. He generated eight swings and misses, and also showed off a slider he developed last year in South Bend.
Steele said he was thrilled to make his debut in a game started by Alzolay.
“Adbert was one of the very first close friends that I made in pro ball,” Steele said. “We’ve always kept in touch, and me and him, it’s just a great friendship that we have. … So, to make my debut coming in after him meant a lot.”
The pair of pitchers spent time as teammates…