Brewers 4, Cubs 3
So, Damian Miller did it instead—even though it took him a few tries Wednesday night.
Overbay was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs in the ninth, and Miller followed with a walk, giving the Milwaukee Brewers their sixth consecutive victory, 4-3 over the Cubs.
Overbay is 19-for-37 (.514) during an 11-game hitting streak. The Cubs have walked him six times in the first two games of the series, four times intentionally, to face Miller instead.
The moves have not rattled the veteran catcher.
“They’d be stupid not to,” Miller said. “The guy is as hot as they come.”
Overbay was intentionally walked twice in Milwaukee’s 4-1 victory Tuesday night, and Miller went 1-for-2 with a key RBI double while following him.
With runners in scoring position each time Wednesday night, Overbay was walked in his first three at-bats. Following Overbay again, Miller failed each time.
He grounded out with two outs and the bases loaded in the first, grounded into a double play in the fourth and lined out to second in the sixth.
But in the ninth, he worked a 3-2 count off Roberto Novoa (0-1), fouled off the sixth offering before taking the walk on an inside pitch.
“It was pretty close,” Miller said. “I thought it was in, and I thought the umpire made the right call.”
Bill Hall, who has three consecutive three-hit games, doubled with one out off Novoa. Geoff Jenkins was intentionally walked and Carlos Lee flied out to right, with Hall moving to third and setting up the game-ending walks.
“You know, that kid (Novoa) had the best shot of getting those guys out,” Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. “And we were saving Hawk (LaTroy Hawkins) in case we got the lead.”
Derrick Turnbow (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth, stretching his scoreless streak to 10 innings. He has not given up a hit in that stretch, covering nine appearances.
“He’s been lights-out for us,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.
The victory moved Milwaukee into sole possession of second place in the NL Central. It is the latest the Brewers have been as high as second place since May 23, 2001, when they spent two days tied for second.
“It’s all kind of coming together,” Yost said.
Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead, its first of the game, on Brady Clark’s solo homer in the seventh.
Each team loaded the bases in the first inning, but neither scored.
The Brewers left the bases loaded again in the sixth. Chicago stranded runners on first and second in the seventh, and Milwaukee left runners on second and third in the eighth.
The Brewers tied it in the bottom of the inning when Carlos Lee doubled, moved to third during a double play and scored on a wild pitch from Ryan Dempster.
The Cubs made it 2-1 in the sixth on Jeromy Burnitz’s single, scoring Ramirez.
Milwaukee tied it at 2 in the bottom of the inning when Hall singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Carlos Lee’s second double of the game.
Dempster pitched 6 2-3 innings, giving up three runs, six hits and five walks while striking out six for Chicago.
Victor Santos also went 6 2-3 innings, giving up two runs—one earned—and six hits, walking three while striking out six.
Cubs RHP Joe Borowski pitched one inning Tuesday night for Triple-A Iowa in a rehab outing. Baker said Borowski, out with a fractured ulna, threw 11 pitches, and will throw again on Thursday. … The Brewers’ victories Sunday and Tuesday marked the first time since 1995, when Milwaukee was in the AL, that the club had won its first two games in May. They beat Baltimore on May 1 and May 3, 1995. … Brewers pitchers are batting .056 (3-for-54) after Wednesday night’s game. … Carlos Lee has four doubles in the first two games of the series.