On Wednesday, we went to Milwaukee to watch the Cubs beat the Brewers in 11 innings. We had lunch at the Brat Stop, free beers at the Miller Brewery and a pre-game snack at Maders.
I picked my lovely sisters up at Mom's house. They spent a few days cleaning up Mom's house.
We picked up Herb and Donna and made a stop at the Brat Stop.
We then went to the Miller Brewery for some free beer.
I took this picture of our mirror image.
Herb digitally flipped the pictures (Left) so that Cubs was spelled right. We killed a little time till game time at Maders Restaurant. (Right)
Matt Clement was dominant with 13 strike outs in 7 innings. He didn't get the win because the bull pen blew the lead again. Mercker pitches to 2 guys and gets the win.
Here is the written account of the game.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Dusty Baker has been able to count on Corey
Patterson throughout the season -- even on a night when the Chicago
Cubs outfielder isn't feeling 100 percent.
``He's been great,'' Baker said. ``His hamstring was
bothering him tonight and he was having a hard time pushing off, but he toughed
it out and helped us get a big win.''
After the Cubs blew a two-run lead, Patterson came through
again with a two-run homer in 11th inning to lead Chicago to a 7-5 victory over
the Milwaukee Brewers on
Patterson, who has 16 home runs and 52 RBIs, said he was just
trying to figure out Brewers pitcher Travis
Phelps, who was making his first major league appearance for the team.
``I've never faced him before so I took a couple of pitches
to see what he was throwing,'' said Patterson, who also had a single, double and
scored three runs. ``I was just trying to put the ball in play and luckily it
got out of the park.''
The win came after Baker held a team meeting before the game.
The Cubs lost 3-1 to the Brewers on Tuesday night and were only 4-7 in their
last 11 games coming into Wednesday. He said he hoped the dramatic win would be
a catalyst for the team to go on a winning streak as it battles for a wild-card
``It starts with one,'' Baker said. ``We've got to go out and
win the series tomorrow and get some momentum.''
Mercker (3-0) threw two-thirds of an inning for the victory, and LaTroy
Hawkins pitched the 11th for his 18th save. Matt
Clement pitched seven strong innings and tied a career high with 13
strikeouts, but lost a chance for the win when Branyon homered off Mike
Remlinger in the eighth.
In all, five Cubs pitchers had 16 strikeouts.
Phelps (0-1), called up from Triple-A Indianapolis after
Tuesday night's game, got two quick outs in the 11th. Then, he walked Ramon
Martinez and Patterson sent a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right to give the
Cubs the lead.
``A two-out walk -- they made me pay for it,'' Phelps said.
``It was the wrong pitch to the wrong guy at the wrong time. You can't do that
up here or you're going to get hurt. It was a rough start.''
Brewers manager Ned Yost agreed that the two-out walk was
``You can't take off your belt and spank them,'' he said. ``A
two-out walk like that will beat you. We just have to keep preaching to them.''
Russell Branyon hit two home runs and had five RBIs for the
Brewers, including a two-run homer in the eighth to tie it at 5-5.
``We got all of our offense from one guy, Russell Branyon,''
Yost said. ``But 16 strikeouts is just too much and we just didn't put the ball
in play with men in scoring position.''
Clement, who has only one win in his last 13 starts,
overpowered the Brewers by striking out the side in the fourth and fifth innings
-- and struck out 10 of 12 batters he faced during one stretch. The last time
Clement struck out 13 was April 25 against the New
``I was throwing the ball better than I ever have,'' Clement
said. ``I am just glad that we able to come back and get the win. It would have
been very tough to lose that game.''
Brewers starter Ben
Sheets was also solid, striking out eight in seven innings. But he hasn't
won since July 10, when he beat Cincinnati 5-0. He's had four losses and three
Garciaparra hit three doubles and Derrek
Lee also homered and drove in two runs for the Cubs, who won for the second
time in six games.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first on Lee's 25th homer.
Chicago made it 3-0 in the third inning. Following a single
and stolen base by Patterson, Garciaparra drove him in with a double. Moises
Alou followed with a single to drive in Garciaparra. Alou went to third when
the ball got by left fielder Geoff
Jenkins for a two-base error.
The error was Jenkins' first since June 4, 2002, a span of
249 games and 451 total chances.
``It took a weird hop,'' Jenkins said. ``It had weird balls
tonight. It was just a funky night.''
The Brewers tied it in the third on Branyon's three-run
homer, but the Cubs grabbed took back the lead in the fifth when Garciaparra hit
his third double of the game to drive in Patterson.
The Cubs increased the lead to 5-3 in the seventh inning on
Lee's sacrifice fly that scored Michael
Cubs slugger Sammy
Sosa hit in the No. 5 spot in the order, the first time since Dusty Baker
became manager of the Cubs. He went 0-for-5. ... Scott
Podsednik's two stolen bases gave him 45 for the season, a career high.
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