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Baseball history unpacked, April 29

Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news and notes

“We were lucky to come away with a victory,” said Brandon Palmer in the postgame interview. “Craig Kimbrel is getting his just desserts right now.”

Kimbrel got his first victory of the year by giving up a long ball to pinch-hitting Luke Maile and being scheduled to pitch when Ian Happ doubled to the right-field wall to plate Kyle Schwarber, who had singled. There were plenty of other highlights, viewable above.

Today’s rubber game features Jameson Taillon (0-3, 7.81) against the one and only Yu Darvish (2-2, 4.91) who didn’t do so well his last time out. Let’s hope he can right the ship against the woeful Pirates.

Al will have more information about that game in the game post at 2:30 pm CT, Tuesday, for our 3 p.m. start. I’ll drop the specific URL to the contest in the game thread, but you can lurk at the BCB Media Center and catch it there as well. All past games and highlights reels are available there too, if you want the full #simCubs experience.

... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review hand-picked scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1987 - Andre Dawson collects five hits and hits for the cycle to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The ‘Hawk,’ who enjoys a five-hit day, completes the feat with a sixth-inning triple, one of only two he will collect for the entire season. (1,3)
  • 1995 - Unlike yesterday’s Opening Day crowd which was supportive, some of the 28,244 fans at today’s Wrigley Field game show their displeasure with the recent baseball strike by littering the field with souvenir magnetic schedules. The incident, which took place in the eighth inning of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Montreal, delayed the contest five minutes. (1)
  • 2002 - Brian Sprout, a Division III All-American, becomes the first and only player in the recorded history of the national pastime to hit for the home run cycle in order. The St. Olaf College Ole hits a solo shot, a two-run and a three-run homer, and a grand slam in four consecutive at-bats during a 39-4 rout of Augsburg. (1)

Sprout stayed on as a coach after his playing days, and his number was retired, He also named his son after Ryne Sandberg.


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