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