Cubs walk over Brewers
CHICAGO - Jake Fox’s persistence and patience in drawing a game-winning, bases-loaded walk yesterday should come as no surprise. He’s a determined guy with big minor league numbers trying to find a permanent job with the Chicago Cubs.
Fox fouled off four pitches before working a two-out walk on a close 3-and-2 pitch from Mark DiFelice, sending the Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in 10 innings.
“He made some great pitches and I was able to fight them off until he either gave me a pitch to hit or made a mistake. And he missed one,’’ Fox said.
“I just went back into the video room to check it out. . . . It was a little up and a little bit in. I thought the umpire made a good call there. But it was a close one.’’
Ryan Theriot singled off second baseman Craig Counsell’s glove with one out in the 10th and went to second on a wild pitch from DiFelice (4-1). After Theriot moved up on a fly ball, the Brewers intentionally walked Milton Bradley.
With a 3-and-0 count on pinch-hitter Geovany Soto, DiFelice also walked him intentionally to load the bases.
Fox, in his second stint with the Cubs after hitting 17 homers and batting .409 at Triple A, finally got a ball four - and the Cubs had a victory.
It was a call that had DiFelice extending his arms and walking toward plate umpire Bill Welke as the Cubs celebrated and mobbed Fox.
“I shouldn’t have put us in that situation,’’ DiFelice said. “I started getting tired toward the end there, but it shouldn’t have been bases loaded, 3-and-2 count in the first place.’’
Before yesterday, DiFelice had walked only five batters all season in 31 1/3 innings.
The Brewers threatened in the ninth when Bradley in right lost Jason Kendall’s high fly in the sun - the ball hit him on the right arm - and fell for a double. Kevin Gregg (3-2) hit Counsell with a pitch, but Ryan Braun popped out to end the inning.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead when Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano walked Corey Hart with the bases loaded in the fourth. The Cubs tied it in the fifth on Zambrano’s RBI single off Jeff Suppan.
Cubs center fielder Kosuke Fukudome made a great throw to cut down Suppan at the plate in the seventh and keep the game tied.