Twenty eye-popping facts about the Cubs' 17-run outburst

Twenty eye-popping facts about the Cubs' 17-run outburst
May 13, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Chris Kamka

A 17-run offensive outburst doesn't happen every day.

The Cubs had a historically good day swinging the bats on Monday night at Busch Stadium, scoring 17 runs on 20 hits.

With that in mind, here are 20 eye-popping facts about Monday's offensive explosion (one for every Cubs hit).

1. Twenty hits vs. Cardinals is one more than the Cubs' entire total in their weekend series vs. the Braves (19).

2. Seventeen runs is a season-high for any MLB team this season.

3. Of the four games where a team has scored 15 or more runs this season, three have been Chicago teams (White Sox twice, Cubs once). The other is the Rays.

4. The Cubs' MLB runs per game went from 3.69 (26th in baseball) to 4.05 (18th).

5. The Cubs scored two more runs Monday (17) than in Jeff Samardzija's eight starts this season combined (15).

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6. Seventeen runs by Cubs are their most since Aug. 14, 2009 (17-2 vs. Pirates), the most on the road since July 26, 1996 (17-4 at Rockies), and the most in St. Louis since Sept. 21, 1974 (19-4).

7. Emilio Bonifacio became the first Cubs player to score four runs in a game vs. the Cardinals since Bob Dernier did it June 23, 1984 ("The Sandberg Game").

8. Emilio Bonifacio became the first Cubs player to score five runs in a game since Jody Davis on June 3, 1987, and the first to do it vs. the Cardinals since Hank Edwards on June 30, 1949.

9. Emilio Bonifacio and Junior Lake became the first Cubs teammates to post a five-run game and a five-RBI game in the same game since Davis (five runs) and Keith Moreland (seven RBIs) June 3, 1987.

10. Emilio Bonifacio became the first Cubs leadoff man with a five-run game since Stan Hack on July 3, 1945.

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11. Junior Lake became the first Cubs No. 2 hitter with six RBIs in a game since Ryne Sandberg in "The Sandberg Game" on June 23, 1984 (also vs. the Cardinals).

12. The last three times a Cubs hitter drove in six or more runs in a game vs. the Cardinals: Junior Lake, Monday; Sammy Sosa, June 20, 2001; Ryne Sandberg, June 23, 1984 ("The Sandberg Game")

13. Starlin Castro now has six three-hit games this season (37 games) after six in the entirety of 2013 (161 games).

14. Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso was the first position player to pitch vs. the Cubs since the Pirates' Abraham Nunez on May 30, 2004.

15. The last two ninth innings in which the Cubs scored six or more runs are also the last two times they faced a position-player pitcher: Monday (Descalso) and May 30, 2004 (Nunez).

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16. Tyler Lyons is the first Cardinals starting pitcher to allow nine or more earned runs vs. the Cubs since Dan Haren on June 10, 2004 (10 earned runs).

17. Since the beginning of 2012, Cubs starting pitchers are 2-64 with 13 no decisions when allowing five or more runs in a game. The two wins: Travis Wood on Monday and Samardzija on April 13, 2012 (both vs. the Cardinals).

18.  The last time the Cubs had a single, double, triple and home run in the first inning was July 27, 2012, also vs. the Cardinals: David DeJesus tripled, Castro singled, Anthony Rizzo homered and Geovany Soto doubled.

19. Mike Olt became the first Cubs player with eight home runs in his first 48 career games since Kevin Roberson hit eight in 1993. What makes this even more impressive is the first 16 of Olt’s 48 career games were with the Rangers in 2012.

20. Neither of Rizzo's three RBIs came on a hit: one fielder's choice, one sacrifice fly and one groundout. Also, a run scored on a passed ball during his first-inning at-bat. He later singled.