Randy Wolf's one-man show

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Randy Wolf picked up a win with 7.2 innings of three-run ball yesterday and also provided his own run support by going 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, and three RBIs at the plate. In doing so he becomes just the 11th pitcher since 1954 to have a win with at least one homer, one double, one single, and three RBIs in the same game.
The others: Don Newcombe, Ken Brett, Micah Owings, Dontrelle Willis, Scott Terry, Walt Terrell, Milt Pappas, Clause Osteen, Blue Moon Odom, Johnny Antonelli. That’s quite an eclectic list, and Newcombe actually accomplished the feat in 1955 and 1959. Not surprisingly he’s one of the best-hitting pitchers of all time, batting .271 with 15 homers in 878 career at-bats.
Newcombe was a pretty decent pitcher too, going 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 1956 to win both the Cy Young and MVP awards. Oh, and like Wolf he played for the Dodgers. Meanwhile, even yesterday’s big effort leaves Wolf with a modest 7-6 record on the mound this season despite a strong 3.43 ERA and boosts his career batting average to just .185, although he does have five homers in 488 at-bats.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.

Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.

The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.