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Tim Tebow hit a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw at Double-A

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The Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Double-A affiliate, kicked off the season on Thursday evening against the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox). Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow got the start in left field, batting seventh for the Rumble Ponies.

As fate would have it, Tebow swung at the first pitch he saw in an official Double-A game and hit a three-run home run, giving the Rumble Ponies a 5-0 lead in the second inning.

Tebow, you may recall, also homered in his first at-bat in his minor league debut last year with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies. His overall numbers weren’t terribly impressive, as he hit .220/.311/.336 with Columbia in 244 plate appearances, and .231/.307/.356 in 242 PA with High-A St. Lucie.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.