The Cubs have lost three games in a row, and some ground to the Cardinals in the standings in the process, but what they’ve done over the past five games is a heck of a thing: they’ve scored exactly one run in each game.
What’s more, they’ve scored one run in the exact same way in each game: via a solo homer. The rundown:
Thursday: Cubs 1, Pirates 0 — Ian Happ solo shot
Friday: Cubs 1, Pirates 0 — Kyle Schwarber solo shot
Saturday: Pirates 3, Cubs 1 — Ben Zobrist solo shot
Sunday: Pirates 2-, Cubs 1 — Kyle Schwarber solo shot
Tuesday: Tigers 2, Cubs 1 — Anthony Rizzo solo shot
It’s a tribute to Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and the Cubs’ pen that they won two of those contests, but boy howdy, is scoring one run a game not a great way to go through life, son. Nor is going 0-for-22 with runners in scoring position, which is what Chicago has done over its last five games.
Daniel Murphy will join the club today. He’s been hot lately. They could use him.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.