It was a crazy day at Wrigley Field. It took the Cubs 5 hours 1 minute on Friday to beat the Pirates, 11-10, in 12 innings. The two teams combined for 30 hits, and there were 16 pitchers used who threw a total of 496 pitches.
* ANTHONY RIZZO (3-for-7, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) belted his team-leading eighth homer while tying a season-high in hits (also done, April 24 at Cincinnati & May 5 at St. Louis). He hit his first homer off a lefty this season. He now has hit in eight straight games.
* KRIS BRYANT (1-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB, HR, 4 RBI, SF) hit a three-run homer in the third and finished with a career-high four RBI. He’s hit four home runs in his last seven games after not connecting in his first 20 games of the season. Bryant has driven in 14 runs in the last 11 games.
* DEXTER FOWLER (2-for-6, 2 R, RBI, SF, SB) is batting .385 (10-for-26) with four stolen bases in seven games against the Pirates this season. He posted his 12th multi-hit game of the season.
* MATT SZCZUR’S (2-for-7, 2B, 3 RBI) walk-off RBI-single in the 12th inning gave the Cubs the victory. He drove in a career high three RBI.
* KYLE HENDRICKS started and did not get a decision. He gave up five runs on eight hits and one walk over 5 2/3 innings. He’s now 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA (10 ER/16.0 IP) in three starts against Pittsburgh this season.
* Jorge Soler (1-for-3, 4 BB, RBI) is batting .298 (28-for-94) vs. NL Central teams.
* Starlin Castro (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB, HBP) picked up his 10th multi-hit game. He drew two walks in a game for the first time since July 13 of last year vs. Atlanta.
* The last time the Cubs won a game when giving up four or more runs in more than one inning was Sept. 6, 2008, at Cincinnati (8th and 9th innings).
* The Cubs recorded their first five-game winning streak since June 3-7 of last season vs. the Mets (3-0) and Marlins (2-0).
* James Russell’s (2.0 IP, H, 2 BB) 323 appearances with the Cubs are tied with Willie Hernandez for the most in franchise history for a southpaw.
* Friday’s game marked their longest game of the season in time and innings.
Tsuyoshi Wada gave up one run over seven innings and Javy Baez drove in three runs to lead Iowa to a 6-4 victory over Nashville. Wada gave up four hits and struck out six. He did not walk a batter.
Ivan Pineyro gave up one run on four hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 8-1 win over Montgomery. Wilson Contreras had three hits and three RBIs and Jacob Hannemann had two hits and three RBIs. In his first game with the Smokies, Billy McKinney had two doubles, one RBI and scored a run. Kyle Schwarber had three hits, his eighth multi-hit game.
Myrtle Beach’s game vs. Carolina was postponed. The two teams were to play Friday.
Gleyber Torres had two hits and one RBI in South Bend’s 8-6 loss to Lansing. Zach Hedges gave up four earned runs over five innings and took the loss. Cael Brockmeyer had three hits.
Kyle Hendricks takes the mound Friday when the Cubs play host to the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:
* The Cubs have won a season-high tying four-straight games. A win Friday would give them the first five-game streak since June 3-7 last season.
* This is the fifth game in a stretch of 13 of 19 contests at home to close out the month of May.
* The Cubs are 19-15 (.559), fourth-best winning percentage in the NL behind St. Louis (.706), Los Angeles (.647) and New York (.571).
* According to Elias, Thursday’s 6-5 win was the third time in the last three seasons the Cubs have won a game in which they trailed by four or more runs. The team previously turned the trick, May 26, 2013, at Cincinnati (down 4-0, won 5-4) and Sept. 20, 2014, vs. the Dodgers (down 6-1 and 7-2, won 8-7).
* Six of the Cubs’ seven wins this month have been of the one-run variety. STATS Inc. says it’s the first time since May 17-June 3, 2003, that the Cubs have had a stretch in which six of seven wins have been by one-run. The Cubs are 10-6 in one-run games, and the 10 wins by a single run are tops in baseball, ahead of the Giants (9) and Astros (9).
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs promoted outfielder Billy McKinney and utility player Wes Darvill from Class A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Tennessee on Thursday. In corresponding roster moves, outfielder Pin-Chieh Chen joined the Pelicans from Tennessee, Andrew Ely and Jordan Hankins were activated off the 7-day disabled list, and Ely was transferred to Class-A South Bend.
Also, infielder Chesny Young was promoted to Myrtle Beach from Class-A South Bend, and right-handed pitcher Ben Wells was released by the Cubs organization.
The Cubs acquired McKinney on July 4, 2014, when he was included along with Addison Russell and Dan Straily in the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland.
Travis Wood will close the Cubs series against the Mets on Thursday at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:
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* This will be Wood’s seventh start, and it’s a good thing he’s at Wrigley. The lefty is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two home starts compared to 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in four road starts.
* Manager Joe Maddon goes for career win No. 800 on Thursday. He has 799 wins, which rank eighth among active managers. He went 8-14 in 1996 and 19-10 in 1998 as interim manager of the Angels, and posted a 754-705 record in nine seasons at the helm of the Rays from 2006-14.
* The Cubs are vying for their first four-game sweep of the Mets at Wrigley since Aug. 6-9, 1992.
* The Cubs have won three straight after going 2-7 in their previous nine games. The Cubs are 18-15 (.545) this season and have the fourth-best winning percentage in the NL behind St. Louis (.697), Los Angeles (.667) and New York (.588).
Junior Lake hit a two-run walk-off single in the ninth to lift Iowa to a 3-2 win over Nashville. Lake finished with two hits in the game and drew a walk. Donn Roach started and gave up one run on four hits over seven innings.
Tennessee had Wednesday off and returns to action Thursday against Montgomery. Ivan Pineyro was scheduled to start.
Myrtle Beach’s game against Carolina was postponed after the Carolina team bus was involved in an accident. No make up date was set.
South Bend scored two runs in the ninth but it wasn’t enough in a 6-4 loss to Lansing. Gleyber Torres had three hits, including a double, and one RBI. Cael Brockmeyer hit a RBI double.
* Tommy La Stella, on the disabled list with right rib cage inflammation, was playing in extended Spring Training games in Mesa, Ariz. There was no timetable for the infielder’s return.
* Reliever James Russell is two appearances shy of tying Willie Hernandez for the most appearances in franchise history by a left-handed pitcher. Russell entered Wednesday’s game with 323 games played with the Cubs.
* Speaking of milestones, Anthony Rizzo needs one more double for 100 in his career.
Kris Bryant, who hit his first big league triple Tuesday night to right field, expects more opposite field hits. So does Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
“That’s who he is,” Maddon said Wednesday of the rookie third baseman. “His left field foul line should be left center and then move it over from there. If he’s hooking the ball a lot, he’s not going to be happy.
“I was really happy to see the ball go that way,” Maddon said of the triple to right. “You’ll see a lot of home runs to right central. He’s one of those rare dudes who can hit the ball out to the opposite gap in any ballpark and you’ll see that this summer.”
Bryant’s ability to use the whole field also shows how advanced he is as a hitter.
“When a young hitter hits opposite field gap well, that really excites me,” Maddon said. “As a hitting instructor, the easiest thing to teach a hitter to do is to pull the ball. The more difficult one is the [opposite] gap hard. When a guy comes equipped with those bells and whistles, that’s really exciting and he has that.”
Bryant, who made his big league debut April 17, entered Wednesday’s game ranked among the top 16 in the National League with 19 RBIs.
— Carrie Muskat
“I’ve never had another [athlete’s] son wear my jersey,” Lester said Wednesday. “If his son wants to wear mine, that’s kind of cool.”
Javier Baez and Christian Villanueva both homered in Iowa’s 6-3 loss to Nashville. Baez had two hits, including a solo homer in the sixth. Tyler Ihrig started, and gave up two runs over five innings.
Kyle Schwarber hit his sixth home run in Tennessee’s 7-6 win over Montgomery in the first game of a doubleheader. Dan Vogelbach had three hits and Wilson Contreras had two hits and two RBI. The Smokies were blanked in the second game, 10-0. Corey Black struck out six and gave up two runs over six innings.
Myrtle Beach’s game against Carolina was postponed. A make up date was not set. Several members of the Carolina team were hospitalized after their team bus was involved in an accident en route to the game on Tuesday.
Jeremy Null gave up one earned run over six innings in South Bend’s 5-3 win over Lansing. Yasiel Balaguert and Jason Vosler each had two hits and one RBI.