Cubs 4, Brewers 2
Patterson hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday in a 4-2 victory, capping a rally that began on a controversial leadoff double by Mark Grudzielanek.
“That’s a good umpiring crew out there, and Mark (Wegner) missed the ball. But that didn’t beat us. The home run beat us,” said Milwaukee manager Ned Yost, ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner.
Patterson connected on a 2-2 pitch off Luis Vizcaino (4-4) as the Cubs won for the eighth time in 11 games and maintained their lead in the NL wild card race.
Grudzielanek opened the ninth with a fly ball down the right-field line near the wall and took third when Brady Clark’s relay went past second for an error. Wegner ruled it a fair ball, and replays were inconclusive.
“He said it was right on the line. I don’t know what line he was looking at. Everybody was emphatic about it,” Yost said.
“I’d say it was at least one baseball foul. I saw what I saw. I saw it foul,” Brewers right fielder Brady Clark said.
Wegner disagreed, during the game and after.
“I just watched the replay and it showed it fair, too. It hit the line,” Wegner said. “He (Yost) thought his player thought it was foul, but that’s why I’m on the line, and I got a good look at it, so fair ball.”
“It was close and it was hard to tell with the lip of the bullpen out there. It was coming down and the wind was blowing it back into fair territory,’ Grudzielanek said. “It was definitely a close call. So you got to be running there.”
Patterson then worked his way out of an 0-2 hole before connecting. Moved to the leadoff spot 21 games ago, Patterson is hitting .387 with seven homers and 15 RBIs since the change.
“I saw Brady Clark running back after it. I saw him break down a bit and run back toward the dugout and I knew it was a home run,” said Patterson, who’s worked diligently with the coaching staff. “At the beginning of the year, I really wasn’t a good player. They saw it was starting to snowball. They sat down with me and told me this is what I needed.”
Alou’s two-out homer in the eighth gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead and had Greg Maddux headed for career win No. 302. But LaTroy Hawkins (3-4) allowed a two-out RBI double to Chris Magruder in the ninth following Trent Durrington’s leadoff single.
Maddux, 3-0 against the Brewers this season, allowed four hits in eight innings with a walk and eight strikeouts.
Milwaukee starter Doug Davis, who has one win in nine starts since the All-Star break, gave up one run and six hits in seven innings.
Bako, who plays primarily when Maddux pitches, hit his first homer since July 7, 2002, when he was played for the Brewers against Philadelphia. His fifth-inning drive to the top row of the right-field bleachers, which tied the score at 1, was just the 14th homer of his career.
“Obviously `overdue’ is a pretty prominent word,”’ Bako said.
Milwaukee, playing without top run producers Geoff Jenkins (sore knee) and Lyle Overbay (sore hamstring), went ahead in the fourth when Durrington singled, moved up on an infield out and scored on Clark’s single.
Bako made a head-up defensive play in the eighth after Chad Moeller led off with an infield single. He picked up Davis’ bunt in front of the plate, tagged him and then threw to second for the double play.
Bako entered with a .180 average and was is slumps of 0-for-12 and 5-for-43 when he homered. … Milwaukee placed LHP Chris Capuano on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow and called up RHP Pedro Liriano from Triple-A Indianapolis. Capuano was the loser Tuesday night, lasting just 1 1-3 innings … The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 45 minutes by rain. … The Cubs won the season series 10-7. The teams played all 17 of their games in a 51-day stretch that began July 5.