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8/3 Rookie trivia

Randy Wells won his fourth straight start Monday night. Kerry Wood was the last Cubs rookie pitcher to win four in a row, doing so April 30-May 17, 1998.

Since 1910, the most consecutive starts with a win by a Cubs rookie are:

8: Larry Cheney, Aug. 18-Sept. 17, 1912
7: King Cole, July 24-Aug. 25, 1910
5: King Cole, May 16-June 8, 1910
5: Hank Wyse, July 3-July 28, 1943
5: Jeremi Gonzalez, June 23-July 16, 1997

Thanks again to Ed Hartig for looking it up.

— Carrie Muskat

8/3 Ironman Hill

Koyie Hill is just the seventh Cubs catcher in the last 50 seasons to have started at least 20 consecutive games in one season behind the plate. Randy Hundley had at least one 40-game streak every season from 1967 to 1970, including a 79-game stretch from April 15-July 8, 1967. Besides Hundley, the list includes George Mitterwald, Tim Blackwell, Barry Foote, Jody Davis, and Damon Berryhill. Thanks to Ed Hartig for the research.

— Carrie Muskat


7/28 Still slamming

Alfonso Soriano’s walkoff grand slam in the 13th inning Monday was the second-latest walk off slam in terms of innings played in Cubs history. On May 28, 1980, the Cubs’ Cliff Johnson hit a game-ending slam in the 14th off Montreal’s Dale Murray.

But there’s more to the story. Johnson actually was a member of the Cleveland Indians in May 1980. He hit the home run on Aug. 8, 1980, in the completion of the game which started May 28. According to MLB rules, the home run is credited to the date the game began, which is when Johnson was still with the Indians. The Cubs acquired him on June 23 that year.

Now you know the rest of the story. Thanks to Elias Sports Bureau and Ed Hartig for the info.

— Carrie Muskat