#Cubs notes: Maddon, Rizzo, runs & more
Some notes from Thursday’s victory over the D-backs, courtesy of the Cubs PR department and baseball historian Ed Hartig:
*With Thursday’s win, Joe Maddon collected his 100th regular season victory as manager of the Cubs in his 165th game, becoming the third-fastest manager to reach the milestone in franchise history and quickest in more than 100 years. Cap Anson reached his 100th win in his 139th game in 1880, and Frank Chance got his 100th victory in his 154th game in 1906.
*Anthony Rizzo is the first player in Cubs franchise history to record nine RBI within the club’s first three games. Dee Fondy previously held the Cubs record with eight RBI in the club’s first three games in 1955.
*The Cubs have outscored their opponents this season by 22 runs, 29-7, their largest run differential through three games in franchise history. The 22 runs through three games represents the fourth-highest total in franchise history, second-highest in modern history, trailing only 1954 (41 runs), 1892 (32 runs) and 1886 (30 runs).
*Cubs starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and John Lackey have each earned a victory in the first three games of the season. It’s the first time the first three starting Cubs pitchers each earned the win in the team’s first three games since 1958, when Jim Brosnan, Glen Hobbie and Dick Drott did so.