PITTSBURGH - Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Clement tied a major league record Friday by hitting three batters in the fifth inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Clement became the 21st pitcher in major league history to hit three batters in one inning and the first Chicago pitcher to do so since Walter Thornton on May 18, 1898.
The last pitcher to hit three batters in one inning was Los Angeles’ Kaz Ishii, who did it last July 23.
Clement hit Bobby Hill, Jason Kendall and Craig Wilson, the last batter he faced before being replaced by Jimmy Anderson with two outs. Clement had allowed just one hit through the first four innings.
The Pirates sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth inning and scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead.
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