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Emilio Bonifacio delivers second straight four-hit game

Apr 2, 2014, 10:37 PM EDT

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Emilio Bonifacio is enjoying his return to the National League with the Cubs; he delivered his second straight four-hit game Wednesday against the Pirates, making him just the fifth player in 100 years to have two in a team’s first two games.

The last four to do it:

Ira Flagstead – 1926 Red Sox (went 8-for-11 against the Yankees)
Showboat Fisher – 1930 Cardinals (8-for-10 against the Cubs)
Wade Boggs – 1994 Yankees (8-for-10 against Rangers)
Dante Bichette – 1998 Rockies (8-for-10 against Diamondbacks)

Less spectacular than Bonifacio’s hitting has been his baserunning. He was picked off first base for the second time in two games Wednesday. He would have been picked off twice on Monday, but first baseman Travis Ishikawa dropped the throw the first time.

Bonifacio was picked up by the Cubs after being designated for assignment by the Royals on Feb. 1 and going unclaimed on waivers. The Royals had previously signed him to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, so they’re paying him $583,333 this year (one-sixth of the original amount), and the Cubs are paying him $2.5 million, with the possibility of $425,000 in bonuses. He’s being used as a utilityman by the Cubs, having started in center field and at second base the first two games.

Update: Bonifacio picked up a fifth hit in the 15th, making him the first player in at least 100 years to start off with nine hits in a team’s first two games.

  1. fearlessleader - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I got all excited that there was a player named “Showboat Fister,” but alas, it turns out that his name was actually Showboat FISHER. Still pretty awesome.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Whoops.

      But, yeah, Showboat anything works pretty well.

      Showboat Puig?

      • fearlessleader - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        Showboat Pouliot has a nice ring…..

  2. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Bonifacio is off to a great start and it’s good for the Cubs but not if it means benching Gold Glover Darwin Barney at 2b like they did tonight. Put Bonifacio back in CF & Barney back on the field.

  3. norvturnersneck - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Remember, there’s always Doug Fister.

    • luisrivasbuttocks - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      The best trade in MLB history for comedy sake: Furbush for Fister

      • nbjays - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        You obviously missed the Jay’s rotation last year of Dickey, Wang and Johnson :-)

  4. apkyletexas - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Jolly Roger – raise!

    Back-to-back walk-offs. Very nice. Good to see Stolmy living up to his billing as a long reliever.

  5. jrbdmb - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    … And the MVP talk begins … not.

  6. insidefastball - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    As a I recall he started off red hot for the first week back in 2009 or something as well. It won’t last.

  7. ptfu - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Ahh, a TOOTBLAN candidate is on the Cubs again. All is right with the world. Somewhere, Ryan Theriot is smiling.

  8. coryfor3 - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    He’s always been a good player. I was surprised that he was out there and available for the Cubs. Frankly, he’s probably the best player on the roster for the Cubs and he was a late addition.

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