Our Long National Nightmare Is Over.
Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano entered the game Friday with a 2.27 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings (11 starts) against the Cubs in his career, including a sparkling 1.90 ERA in 10 starts in a Pirates uniform. He exited the game with 9 hits and 8 runs courtesy of 3 home runs on his resume, ending the Cubs’ two game skid.
1. Jason Hammel (5-0) struck out a season-best eight over 6 2/3 innings,while giving up one earned run and eight hits for the victory. His ERA now stands at 1.77.
2. Addison Russell’s three-run home run in the fourth gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
3. Kris Bryant’s two-run shot and avid Ross’ three-run shot pushed the lead to 8-0 in the fifth and chased Pirates starter Francisco Liriano.
4. David Ross now needs one more home run to reach 100 for his career.
5. All eight starting position players (including Soler) had at least one hit in the game.
A CARDINAL SIN
Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels has played in the majors for nearly 16 years. And in that time, he had hit home runs against 29 teams. There was just one team missing — until Thursday night. Pujols stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on first and took a pitch from Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness over the left field wall. Of course, it makes perfect sense that the Cardinals were Pujols’ last homer-less team. He played for them for 11 years, which made it impossible for him to smash a dinger against them during that time. And even though it’s been four years since he joined the Angles, they’re in the American League and they don’t normally play games against the Cards. There are eight other active players who have hit home runs against all 30 clubs.
May 14, 1978 – Dave Kingman hits 3 home runs and drives in 8 in a 10-7 win over the Dodgers in 15 innings in Los Angeles.