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Friday, July 27, 2012
Cubs make unflattering history in defeat

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO – Just how bad of a mashing did the St. Louis Cardinals put on Cubs starter Travis Wood on Friday?

Consider it historic and not just because Wood tied a Cubs record by giving up five home runs in an outing.

As it turns out, it is the first time a starting pitcher has surrendered a home run in each of the first five innings of a game in major league history.

“I missed some pitches and they put some good swings on them,” Wood said. “They hit them out of the park. It's a great team over there. You just can't do that.”

The last Cubs pitcher to surrender five home runs in a game was Carlos Zambrano, who did it last August against the Atlanta Braves. It has happened five times in team history.

“It was just a couple pitches but the main thing is they didn't miss,” catcher Geovany Soto said. “They didn't miss hit those couple of pitches.”

The Cardinals also hit a home run in the first five innings for the first time in team history. They aren’t the only team to do it, though. The last was the Houston Astros in 2004 against the Colorado Rockies.