Historic no-shutout streak ends for Cubs with 9-0 loss

Historic no-shutout streak ends for Cubs with 9-0 loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs dropped Friday afternoon's contest at Wrigley Field against the Cincinnati Reds 9-0, taking their first shutout loss of 2023 in a game where the North Siders failed to record a hit in the first seven innings.

Though Friday's loss pushes the Cubs to a 22-28 record, the shutout marked the end of a remarkable streak the Cubs put together to start the season.

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The Cubs managed to avoid being shut out for the first 49 games of the 2023 season, marking the longest the franchise had gone without a shutout loss to start a season since 1898, when the then-Chicago Orphans avoided a shutout for the first 91 games of the season.

The Orphans went on to finish fourth in the National League in 1898 with a record of 85-65, 17.5 games behind the pennant winning Boston Beaneaters.

Before Friday, the Cubs' most recent shutout loss was on Sept. 24, 2022, when the North Siders fell 6-0 to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

On Saturday night, the Cubs will look to bounce back against their division rivals as Jameson Taillon hopes to record his first win as a Cub.

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