Stat of the Day: Joc knocks 3 hits -- again

May 12th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Cubs this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 12: Indians 2, Cubs 1 (10 innings) -- Joc's locked in
Joc Pederson finished with three hits in the loss in Cleveland, marking a third three-hit showing in a five-game span. That put Pederson into a tie with Kris Bryant for the most three-hit games (three) to this point this season for Chicago. Since coming off the injured list on May 3, Pederson has hit .444/.484/.481 in seven games for the North Siders.

May 11: Indians 3, Cubs 2 -- Alzolay has electric slider
Righty Adbert Alzolay developed his slider last season and has since turned it into one of the elite breaking balls in the Majors. Heading into the opener in Cleveland, Alzolay had limited batters to a .111 average and a .130 slugging percentage with the pitch, per Statcast. Against Cleveland, he had 14 of his 18 whiffs with his new signature pitch. (In the fifth inning, though, second baseman Cesar Hernandez belted a homer off Alzolay's slider, the first blast against the pitch this season.)

May 9: Pirates 6, Cubs 2 -- Joc ends lefty drought
Joc Pederson was not in the starting lineup against lefty Tyler Anderson, but was pressed into duty when Jake Marisnick (right hamstring) exited. In the second, Pederson notched an RBI single off the Pirates' lefty, marking the Cubs outfielder's first RBI off a left-handed pitcher since May 21, 2019. That was a stretch of 719 days between RBIs against lefties, with his last one coming off the Rays' Adam Kolarek while Pederson was with the Dodgers.

May 8: Cubs 3, Pirates 2 -- Get 'em on, get 'em over, get 'em in
All five of the Cubs' hits in their win over the Pirates were singles. This came after Chicago had nine hits (all singles) in a win over Pittsburgh in the opener of this weekend series. In fact, the Cubs have strung together 16 singles in a row, dating back to their last game against the Dodgers in the previous series. Chicago's last extra-base hit was a double by Javier Báez in the sixth inning of the Cubs' win on May 5.

May 7: Cubs 3, Pirates 2 -- Davies succeeds without missing bats
Zach Davies held the Pirates scoreless through seven innings, but he didn't pile up a bunch of swings and misses in the process. In fact, Davies garnered only one whiff on 38 Pittsburgh swings. That made him the first pitcher since Cincinnati's Mike Leake (Aug. 29, 2014, at Pittsburgh) to throw seven-plus scoreless innings and have no more than one swinging strike.

May 5: Cubs 6, Dodgers 5 (11 innings) -- Sweeping away L.A.
The Cubs swept the Dodgers in a three-game series at Wrigley Field for the first time since May 26-28, 2008. The Dodgers had not been swept in a series of at least three games against any team since April of 2019. In fact, prior to the Cubs' brooming, the Dodgers' 68 consecutive series (three or more games) without being swept was the longest in their franchise's history, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

May 4: Cubs 4, Dodgers 3 (Game 2); Cubs 7, Dodgers 1 (Game 1) -- Down go defending champs
With their two wins over the Dodgers on Tuesday, the Cubs completed a doubleheader sweep over a defending World Series champion for the 13th time in franchise history, according to team historian Ed Hartig. It marked the first such occurrence since July 4, 1980, when the Cubs swept the Pirates in a twin bill. The last time Chicago pulled off the feat at Wrigley Field, specifically, was on July 11, 1965, against the Cardinals.

May 2: Reds 13, Cubs 12 (10 innings) -- Cubs stuff record books
This was just the fifth time in MLB history that both teams scored at least 12 runs and hit at least five home runs in the same game. Astoundingly, the Cubs have been involved in three of the five instances, and a Cubs-Reds matchup has accounted for two of them. They are: Cubs-Reds (May 2, 2021); White Sox-Tigers (May 28, 1995); Phillies-Cubs (May 17, 1979); Reds-Cubs (July 28, 1977); Yankees-Athletics (May 22, 1930).

May 1: Cubs 3, Reds 2 -- Kimbrel's scoreless streak
Though it didn't come easy for the veteran closer, Craig Kimbrel turned in another scoreless outing and picked up his eighth save of the season. He gave up back-to-back hits in the ninth inning but struck out Alex Blandino and Tyler Naquin before getting Nick Castellanos to ground out to second to end the game. That extended Kimbrel's scoreless-innings streak to 18 1/3 dating back to Sept. 3 of last season.