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Cubs drew 6 bases-loaded walks in the 5th vs. Pirates, most in 1 inning in 65 years

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs drew six bases-loaded walks in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, the most by a Major League team in a single inning in 65 years.

The last team to allow that many free passes with runners on each base in one inning was the Chicago White Sox. who had eight in the seventh inning on April 22, 1959according to Major League Baseball.

The inning started when prized Pirates rookie Paul Skenes gave up two hits, ending his big league debut. The Cubs ultimately needed three more pitchers to get through the frame, which included a 2-hour, 20-minute rain delay.

Kyle Nicolas relieved Skenes, struckout two batters and hit Ian Happ with a pitch. Then it got much worse.

Nicolas threw twelve consecutive pitches outside the strike zone to Nico Hoerner, Michael Busch and Miles Mastrobuoni for three runs.

Next, Josh Fleming came in and walked Yan Gomes on five pitches before giving up an infield single to Mike Tauchman.

Fleming was brought in for Colin Holderman, who walked Seiya Suzuki on four pitches and Cody Bellinger on five, giving Chicago, which entered the frame trailing 6-1, an 8-6 lead. Holderman retired pinch-hitter Nick Madrigal on a liner to end the inning.

The Pirates threw 55 pitches in the inning, including 20 for strikes. They retook the lead on Yasmani Grandal’s 3-run homer in the bottom half and held on to win 10-9.