Jenkins went into the ivy to make a great catch of Aramis Ramirez’s long drive in the sixth and then threw to first to double up Moises Alou, a key play Sunday in the Brewers’ 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.
“When I looked up after I caught it, I saw him stop. So my first reaction was: `Was that the third out?”’ Jenkins said.
“Then I looked up and everybody is waving their hands to get it in and, unbelievably, I threw a perfect shot. I thought I was going to airmail it into the stands.”
After Jenkins’s stellar play, the Brewers scored twice in the seventh against Chicago’s bullpen and went on to gain a split of the four-game series.
“Those plays can do that for a team. A guy makes a play like that it just seems to shift momentum,” Jenkins said. “That was a key point.”
Jenkins’ last error came on June 4, 2002, a span of 222 games.
“He plays a fearless left field,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “He has a huge streak of errorless games, but he plays full out in everything he does. It’s a tough place to play, but he plays it as well as anybody.”
Playing at Wrigley Field, with its covered brick walls and difficult wind, is always a challenge.
“Kind of the wind knocked that one down, we thought that ball was out of here,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. “He was playing deep with the wind blowing in which is surprising. But, evidently, he was in the right spot.”
While Jenkins made his tough catch, Chicago’s Sammy Sosa was struggling in right.
Sosa missed a diving attempt at Scott Podsednik’s sinking liner in the top of the sixth and the ball got by him for a triple, setting up Jenkins’s sacrifice fly that tied the game.
Sosa also lost Brady Clark’s fly ball in the sun in the eighth, helping the Brewers to their fourth run.
“If I don’t see the ball, I cannot catch it,” Sosa said. “I got it in the sun, I tried and I can’t make the play.”
Chris Capuano pitched six strong innings to get the win and , Podsednik had three hits for the Brewers.
In his second start since coming off the disabled list, Kerry Wood allowed one run and four hits in six innings. But Milwaukee went ahead with two runs in the seventh off Francis Beltran (2-2) and Kent Mercker.
With the game tied at 1, Keith Ginter walked, Bill Hall singled and Chad Moeller sacrificed. With the infield in, pinch-hitter Chris Magruder hit a slow roller up the first-base line, and Ginter raced home on the groundout. Podsednik greeted Mercker with an RBI double.
Jeff Bennett entered in the bottom half in relief of Capuano (4-5), who allowed one run and four hits. Derrek Lee’s 14th homer pulled the Cubs to 3-2, but Milwaukee added a run in the eighth on Lyle Overbay’s single off Mike Remlinger, and singles by Clark and Keith Ginter off Kyle Farnsworth.
Danny Kolb pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save in 29 chances, completing a six-hitter.
Jose Macias’ third-inning homer gave the Cubs the early lead.
The four-game series drew 160,035—a Cubs home record. … Ramirez returned to Chicago’s lineup after missing 11 games with a groin strain. … The Cubs plan to activate SS Alex Gonzalez from the disabled list Monday. He’s been out since May 6 with a broken right wrist. … Podsednik, who leads the NL with 36 steals, was caught for just the fifth time this season when Wood pitched out in the third and Michael Barrett threw to second. But Podsednik easily swiped third in the seventh. … Brewers SS Craig Counsell returned after missing Saturday’s game with a bruised knee. He was hit by a pitch Friday. … The Brewers planned to call up RHP Ben Hendrickson to start Monday’s game against the Reds.