5/14 Extra bases
Marlon Byrd notched his team-leading 19th multi-hit game, and has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games. His 15 doubles rank second in the Major Leagues and he’s on pace for a career-high 67 doubles. Byrd also hit his seventh homer in his 35th game. Last year, he set a career high with 20 home runs, and hit No. 7 on June 30, his 66th game played. He’s on pace for 31 homers this year.
* Starlin Castro was intentionally walked in the first and also singled in the eighth. He’s reached base safely in his first seven games and is the first Cubs player to do that since Bobby Scales reached safely in his first eight, May 5-17, 2009. Castro is batting .375 so far.
* Derrek Lee, who was back in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, extended his hitting streak to four games with a single to left in the first. He’s 6-for-16 in the last four games.
* The Cubs have dropped six straight games to the Pirates, dating to Sept. 30, 2009.
– Carrie Muskat