Brewers 12, Cubs 6, 10 innings
CHICAGO (AP)—Brewers manager Ned Yost found out how valuable Brooks Kieschnick is.
Keith Ginter hit the Brewers first pinch-hit home run of the season in the seventh inning.
Kieschnick, used both as a reliever and a pinch-hitter by the Brewers, homered off Cubs reliever Todd Wellemeyer (1-1), who gave up six runs—five earned—in the 10th. It was Kieschnick’s third home run of the season.
“He’s been swinging the bat great and he has been pitching good, too. He’s been a good addition for our ball club,” Yost said.
Kieschnick played outfield for the Cubs in 1996-97.
Two of Kieschnick’s three home runs have come against the Cubs.
“It is nice, but you want home runs against anybody,” Kieschnick said. “As long as we go out there and get a win it doesn’t matter who we are playing.”
The Cubs were without reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who was battling a stomach flu.
“No matter what happened today it just didn’t seem to work,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. “We certainly missed Farnsworth today, big time.”
Eric Young followed with a single, Scott Podsednik walked and Jenkins homered. After two outs, John Vander Wal walked and Eddie Perez tripled. Perez scored from first on Mark Grudzielanek’s throwing error, giving the Brewers a 12-6 lead.
“I felt fine, I just left some pitches up and I got hit, that’s all there is to it,” Wellemeyer said.
Brewers reliever Dan Kolb walked Corey Patterson to lead off the eighth. He got Sosa to strike out, but walked Moises Alou and Eric Karros back-to-back. Valerio De Los Santos entered and gave up a sacrifice fly to Lenny Harris, tying the game at 6-all.
Young beat out an infield hit in the eighth and stole second. He moved to third on a wild pitch by Mark Guthtrie, which set up an RBI single by Jenkins, to give the Brewers a 6-5 lead.
Estes pitched six innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits. He struck out six and walked four. But the Cubs bullpen gave the 5-1 lead back.
The Brewers batted around in the seventh inning, scoring four runs.
Ginter led off with a home run off Cubs reliever Mike Remlinger.
“That was a huge spark for us, coming off the bench, not only getting us a hit, but a home run and getting us a run right there. That really got us going,” Kieschnick said.
One out later, Scott Podsednik singled and reached third on Jenkins’ double, chasing Remlinger.
Antonio Alfonseca relieved and hit Richie Sexson with a pitch to load the bases. Wes Helms followed with a two-run single, driving in Podsednik and Jenkins, cutting the Cubs lead to 5-4. John Vander Wal then had a pinch-hit single, loading the bases again.
The Cubs had a chance to get out of the seventh with a double-play ball. Keith Osik hit a grounder to first baseman Karros. Karros threw to second to get the force, but Alfonseca wasn’t able to cover first in time, allowing the Sexson to score the tying run.
Brewers starter Ben Sheets gave up four consecutive singles to Patterson, Sosa, Moises Alou and Karros in the fourth. Patterson scored on Alou’s single and Sosa scored on Karros’ base hit. Alou scored on Osik’s passed ball, to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
Sheets walked Sosa to lead off the sixth and Alou followed by hitting the next pitch onto Waveland Avenue, giving the Cubs a 5-1 lead.
Sheets entered the game with a 6-0 record against the Cubs, and a 2.45 ERA in seven career outings. He pitched six innings, allowing five runs—fourearned. He struck out eight and walked two. ^Notes: Damian Miller missed the game with a bruised right foot. He is day to day. … Gametime temperature was 90 degrees. … Kieschnick is hitting .367(11-for-30) this season.