The Chicago Cubs had a rough day at the office on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, but the team made some history along the way.
The Cubs, who gave up 18 runs to the Cardinals in a blowout defeat, were forced to use not one, but three position players as pitchers in the game, as Tommy La Stella, Victor Caratini, and Ian Happ all pitched in the game.
According to Cubs team historian Ed Hartig, the game is the first time in recorded history that the Cubs have used multiple position players as pitchers in the same game.
The pitching appearances were the first for all three players. Only two position players in Cubs history have pitched multiple times, as David Ross, who did it twice, and Doug Dascenzo, who did it four times, hold that distinction.