May 17, 1979: 22 runs not enough

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - On this date in 1979 the Chicago Cubs scored 6 runs in the first, 3 in the fourth, 7 in the fifth, 3 in the sixth, 3 more in the eight and still lost. The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cubs 23 to 22 in ten innings, but not before the Cubs made a miraculous comeback from a 21-9 deficit in the 5th to tie it 22-22 in the eigth.

There were eleven home runs on this windy afternoon at Wrigley Field, a record at the time. It's as though former NFL great Gale Sayers sneaked into the Chicago Bears old stomping grounds and ran off a few touchdowns.

The Cubs' Dave Kingman had three home runs. Teammate Bill Buckner had a grand slam and seven runs batted in. The Phillies Mike Schmidt hit two home runs, including the game winner.

The Cubs also have the record for the most runs scored, 36, against the Louisville Colonels on June 29, 1897. The Boston Red Sox scored 29 against the St. Louis Browns June 8, 1950 and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City A's 29-6 on April 23, 1955.

CONTRIBUTING SOURCES:
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL, May 18, 1979
May 17, 1979 box score/play-by-play

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