5/29 Navarro hits 3 HRs

Dioner Navarro notched his first career multi-home run game Wednesday, hitting a solo homer in the second, a two-run shot in the fourth, and a three-run blast in the seventh. He also set a career-high with six RBIs. Navarro is the first Cubs player to record a three-homer game since Aramis Ramirez did so July 20, 2010, against the Astros. He also the first Cubs catcher to collect three home runs in a game since George Mitterwald on April 17, 1974, against the Pirates.

Navarro’s first two blasts came from the right side of the plate; his third was as a left-handed hitter, and he’s the first to homer from both sides of the plate since the Cubs’ Mark Bellhorn did so Aug. 29, 2002, at Milwaukee.

In his only at-bat when he didn’t connect, Navarro drew a walk. But it was important. In the Cubs sixth, Scott Hairston singled and Navarro walked, although he lost his bat as it flew into the stands on a swing. A fan was nice enough to return it — it’s most likely the one he used for the home runs. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice, and one scored on a wild pitch. Pinch-hitter Ryan Sweeney added a RBI single.

— Carrie Muskat


Wow…..a part time reserve has now surpassed our awesome cleanup hitter in homeruns. Incredible. Hey!! Can Navarro play left field????????? 🙂🙂

He can play wherever he wants!!! What a day! My hero of the day!

Didn’t Jim Edmonds hit a homer from each side of the plate against the White Sox several years ago?

Just checked it . . . he hit homers off Jose Contreras (Righty) and Boone Logan (Lefty).

Boy, do I feel silly! I thought Edmonds was a switch-hitter. MY MISTAKE!

Historically, have there been any switch hitting Cubs or any major leaguers to ever hit 3 HR’s in one game, coming from different sides of the plate? If so, were any of them catchers? If so, how many have done so? This seems like it has to be rare, especially factoring in all those RBIs.

Kind of sad that we fans are embracing Navarro’s 3 homer day like this….we are starving for ANYTHING positive from this team but in the long haul his three homers mean we beat the Sox and that’s all. Hell…it is better than three singles from our clean up hitter. Navarro in left field anyone??? Ha! KIDDING!!!!

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