In what resulted in more of a football score than a baseball one, the Chicago Cubs (7-8) blew out the Pittsburgh Pirates (7-8) 21-0 on April 23 at Wrigley Field.
With the runaway win, the Cubs became the first MLB team to score 20-plus runs in a game so far this season, CBS Sports noted.
It was also the largest shutout in franchise history, according to a social-media post from the team's official Twitter account. Prior to the April 23 game, the Cubs' largest shutout win was 20-0 over Washington in 1886.
The Cubs notched 23 hits on the day, including at least one from all 10 batters who took a plate appearance. Shortstop Nico Hoerner led the way with four knocks, and outfielders Seiya Suzuki and Ian Happ, as well as catcher Willson Contreras, each pitched in three of their own. The contest marked the first time that Suzuki, signed over the offseason from Japan, recorded three hits in an MLB contest.
The teams meet again Sunday, April 24, in Chicago.
In Minneapolis on April 23, the Chicago White Sox (6-8) fell in more ways than one in their 9-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins (7-8).
White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez required a cart to leave the field during the game after he stumbled running through the first-base bag on a groundout, per CBS Sports. The White Sox have described his injury as being right hamstring soreness, per the team's official Twitter account.
The White Sox lost their sixth straight game.
Chicago is expected to activate pitcher Lucas Giolito from the injured list to start the series finale on April 24.
In pro hockey action, the Chicago Blackhawks (26-42-11) lost to the San Jose Sharks (31-35-12) 4-1 in California on April 23.
Chicago outshot San Jose 28-19, but only managed a second-period goal by Tyler Johnson, ESPN noted. Kevin Lankinen made 15 saves.
The Blackhawks, who have lost 10 of 12, were criticized by interim coach Derek King after mustering a season-low 16 shots on goal in Thursday's loss to the Los Angeles Kings. They outplayed San Jose in the first period but still found themselves trailing.
Chicago will host Philadelphia on Monday, April 25, to begin its final homestand.