8/30 Extra bases
The Cubs scored seven runs in the fourth inning Monday against the Pirates, it’s the first time they’ve scored seven in a single frame since Sept. 8, 2009, in Pittsburgh. The Cubs scored seven in the first inning of that game and won 9-4.
* The Cubs finished with nine doubles, the msot since they hit nine July 20, 2003, against Florida.
* Aramis Ramirez has four RBIs Monday, the most since he drove in seven runs July 20 against the Astros. In his last five games, he’s hitting .632 (12-for-19) with six runs, three doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs.
* The Cubs’ 14 runs Monday is shy of the team record for a manager’s home debut. On April 29, 1898, the Cubs beat Louisville 16-2 in the home debut for Tom Burns on the West Side Grounds. However, with the 14-2 win, Mike Quade now holds the modern day record for most runs in a managerial debut. The previous mark was 13, set in Frank Chance’s home managerial debut in 1905, a 13-5 win over the Reds on July 1, 1905, also at the West Side Grounds.
* Three different Cubs pitchers — Carlos Zambrano, Thomas Diamond and James Russell — each had an at-bat Monday. The last time that happened was April 4, 2005, in a 16-6 win against Arizona. The pitchers who took a turn that day were Zambrano, Cliff Bartosh and Glendon Rusch. Three Cubs pitchers have had an at-bat twice since that date — but those games were extra inning contests. The last time it happened at Wrigley was July 31, 1999, when Jon Lieber, Terry Adams and Rick Aguilera each had an at-bat in a 17-10 win over the Mets.
* Zambrano is 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA in five starts since returning to the rotation. He struck out seven Monday and is four Ks shy of tying Kerry Wood for third on the Cubs’ all-time strikeout list.
* Starlin Castro leads the Majors with 19 doubles, dating to July 10. He posted his ninth three-hit game and fourth this month.
– Carrie Muskat