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.
June 12: Cubs 7, Cardinals 2 -- Joc times three
Joc Pederson's fourth-inning blast against the Cardinals marked the third game in a row that the Cubs outfielder connected for a home run. He joined Willson Contreras (April 13-17) as the only Cubs players to homer in three straight games this season. The last Cubs hitter to do so in four consecutive games was Anthony Rizzo (July 29-Aug. 1, 2015). The franchise record is five, achieved by Sammy Sosa (1998), Ryne Sandberg (1989) and Hack Wilson (1928).
June 11: Cubs 8, Cardinals 5 -- Rizzo's marathon at-bat
Anthony Rizzo wowed the full-capacity crowd at Wrigley Field with a grueling 14-pitch battle with St. Louis righty Daniel Ponce de Leon. When the Cubs first baseman ended the at-bat with a homer, it marked the longest plate appearance ending with a homer by a Cubs batter in the pitch tracking era (since 1988). It was tied for the longest at-bat to end in a homer in the past decade, and the longest since Ryan Braun also had a 14-pitch at-bat end in a homer for the Brewers on Aug. 1, 2012.
June 9: Cubs 3, Padres 1 -- Shutdown 'pen
After a solid start by Jake Arrieta, the bullpen trio of Rex Brothers, Ryan Tepera and Craig Kimbrel combined to face the minimum over four frames. Together, they struck out five without allowing a hit or issuing a walk. The Cubs lowered their bullpen ERA to 2.70 on the season (second in MLB behind only San Diego). Chicago also improved to 29-0 when holding a lead going into the eighth and 30-0 when holding a lead entering the ninth in 2021.
June 8: Cubs 7, Padres 1 -- Powerful Wisdom
Patrick Wisdom's one-day power outage ended in the sixth inning, when he belted a two-run homer off Miguel Diaz. It gave Wisdom seven homers in a nine-game span, making him the first Cubs batter to do that since Kris Bryant also had seven in a nine-game stretch from Aug. 18-27, 2016. The record for Chicago is 10 homers in a nine-game stretch, which was achieved twice by Sammy Sosa in his famous 66-homer season in 1998.
June 7: Padres 9, Cubs 4 -- Marisnick's multihit return
After being activated from the injured list, center fielder Jake Marisnick returned to the Cubs with a two-hit performance against the Padres. That included an infield single that led to two runs (helped by a throwing error by San Diego). Going back to April 20, Marisnick has hit at a .310 clip (13-for-42) in 17 games for Chicago. He hit just .200 in the previous 11 games to start this season.
June 6: Giants 4, Cubs 3 -- Wisdom just keeps hitting
Patrick Wisdom followed up Saturday's home run with a pair of blasts in Sunday's game in San Francisco. That gave him six homers in his past seven games. It also gave Wisdom seven homers in his first eight starts for the Cubs. That put Wisdom alongside Trevor Story (2016 for the Rockies) and Aristides Aquino (2019 for the Reds) as the only players on record with as many as seven homers in his first eight starts with a team, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Wisdom also tied a Cubs mark with seven homers in his first 15 games with the team. Donnie Murphy also achieved that feat in 2013.
June 5: Giants 4, Cubs 3 -- Wisdom making history
Patrick Wisdom launched a two-run homer in the second, giving him five shots on the season. That marks the most homers by a Cubs player in his first seven career starts with the franchise. Wisdom's .906 slugging percentage dating back to last season is also the highest for a Cubs hitter in his first 14 games with the team (min. 20 at-bats). Second on that list is Donnie Murphy, who had an .854 SLG in his first 14 games for Chicago in 2013.
June 4: Giants 8, Cubs 5 -- Bryant's barrage vs. LHP continues
Kris Bryant's 13th home run of the season came in the first inning off Giants lefty Scott Kazmir. That gave the Cubs star a National League-leading seven blasts off lefties on the year. When the evening was over, Bryant had improved his season slash line against left-handers to .408/.482/.939 through 49 at-bats.
June 3: Giants 7, Cubs 2 -- Joc's splash shot
Joc Pederson has been a familiar foe for Giants fans from his years spent with the Dodgers. Now with the Cubs, the outfielder continued his Bay Area torment with a towering third-inning home run to right that splashed into McCovey Cove. The homer was Pederson's second career shot into the water outside Oracle Park, with his previous splash hit having come with Los Angeles on June 12, 2016.
Per Statcast, Pederson's latest homer soared a projected 427 feet (his longest of the season).
June 2: Cubs 5, Padres 1 -- Alzolay's stingy streak
Adbert Alzolay limited the Padres to one run over five innings to help seal a series sweep, but it also continued an impressive streak for the pitcher. The righty has allowed no more than three runs in nine consecutive outings. That is the longest such streak within one season for a Cubs starting pitcher since lefty Cole Hamels also did so over nine straight outings from Aug. 1-Sept. 14, 2018. Yu Darvish had 11 games in a row with no more than three runs relinquished across the 2019-20 seasons.
June 1: Cubs 4, Padres 3 -- Wisdom in rare company
Patrick Wisdom's two-run homer against the Padres gave him three blasts in two games and four in the first eight games with the Cubs this season. The infielder appeared in two games for Chicago in 2020, giving him four homers in his first 10 games with the ballclub. It marks the 17th time in Cubs history (since 1901) that a player has launched at least four homers in his first 10 games with the team. The record is five (accomplished four times).