Drew Smyly came within six outs of making history only to have his chances foiled by an on-field collision with catcher Yan Gomes.
Cubs shortstop Andrelton Simmons filled in at pitcher during a lopsided loss to the Reds, and he served up a leisurely lob to the Reds' Kyle Farmer.
Spectators at Wrigley Field celebrated their team's hot streak with cups of good cheer.
Javier Báez took advantage of shoddy Pirates fielding in a play unlike any other.
"Love him madly," the "Chicago Med" actor gushed on Instagram.
"Raising him right!" an announcer said.
The MLB executive sent the uninvited texts while working for the Chicago Cubs.
The device was spotted over the left-center stands just as Willson Contreras came to bat.
"C is for Cubbies," yelled the famous Sesame Street Muppet at a Chicago Cubs game.
The actor was accused of staying seated during a military salute at Wrigley Field, but he insists he did rise.