6/6 Extra bases
Some early pre-game notes while Carlos Zambrano takes part in pre-game batting practice at Great American Ball Park:
* The last time the Cubs lost back-to-back games on walk-off home runs was May 28, 2004, in Pittsburgh. The Pirates did so in both games of a doubleheader. In the first game, Bob Mackowiak hit a two-out grand slam off Joe Borowski for a
6-5 Pirates win. In the second game, Craig Wilson homered off Francis Beltran to give Pittsburgh a 5-4 win.
* Albert Pujols is the first player to hit back to back walkoff homers in consecutive games since Albert Belle did so in 1995 for the Indians. Ron Santo was the last to do so in National League in 1966.
* Carlos Marmol’s 25 1/3 scoreless innings streak on the road ended Sunday in St. Louis. It’s the longest for a Cubs reliever in franchise history, passing Warren Brusstar and Lee Smith, who both had 24 inning scoreless streaks on the road.
* The Cubs have lost their last three games in Cincinnati and are 1-6 at Great American Ball Park since May 8, 2010. Four of the seven games have been decided by two or fewer runs.
* Looking ahead to the Cubs’ series against the Phillies, it looks like Zambrano will face Roy Halladay on Friday.
– Carrie Muskat