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* Friday’s 8-6 loss was the Cubs’ first after scoring six runs in the first inning since April 17, 2002, at Montreal (15-8 loss).
* The first seven batters of the game reached base on Friday and the first six came around to score. The Cubs saw their first six batters of the game score a run for the first time since Sept. 8, 2009, at Pittsburgh when the first seven batters did so. That also was the last time the Cubs scored at least six runs in the first inning of a game (thanks to STATS, Inc. for the info).
* Padres starter Edinson Volquez became the first opposing pitcher for the Cubs to exit prior to the end of the first inning since Baltimore’s Matt Albers on June 25, 2008, at Wrigley Field. The Cubs last drove an opposing pitcher from a game in less than one inning in that pitcher’s home ballpark on April 21, 2004, (Pittsburgh’s Josh Fogg did not record an out in PNC Park).
* Jeff Samardzija enters Saturday’s game off a 11-1, complete-game victory against the Nationals last Monday at Wrigley Field. It was his second complete game of the season and the third of his career. He is one of 11 National League pitchers with two or more complete games this season, and six of those 11 pitchers are in the NL Central: Adam Wainwright (5), Bronson Arroyo (2), Homer Bailey (2), Wily Peralta (2), Francisco Liriano (2) and Samardzija.
Samardzija is one of three Cubs pitchers with two complete games in a campaign in the last seven seasons starting in 2007, joining Randy Wells (2 in 2011) and Matt Garza (2 in 2011). Greg Maddux is the last Cubs pitcher to record three complete games in a season (2005).
* Saturday’s game marks the end of a run in which the Cubs faced 15 consecutive right-handed starting pitchers, beginning Aug. 8 in Philadelphia. Overall this season, the Cubs are 16-19 (.457) vs. left-handed starters and 38-55 (.409) vs. right-handed starters.