Cubs-Brewers: Chicago Win Resembles Highway (I-94) Robbery

Damen JacksonCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 23:  Reed Johnson of the Chicago Cubs poses during photo day at the Fitch Park Spring Training complex on February 23, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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The Cubs proved to be just good enough in most facets of the game Sunday, and Reed Johnson provided the highlights, as Chicago took the series against the Brewers with an 8-5 win in Milwaukee.

This is starting to become something of a springtime ritual for Johnson. Last year in Washington, he got what may have been baseball's catch of the year with a diving catch through the warning track, and at the outfield wall.

This year, he upped the ante, reaching over the right field wall in the fifth inning to turn what should have been a game-tying Prince Fielder grand slam into a sac fly, and preserving the Cubs win.

Trust me, a blog post won't do it justice, so if you haven't seen the game, see the televised replay. Or better yet, try here.


But why, you ask, was Johnson in the game to begin with? Milton Bradley is injured. Again. This time with tightness in his groin, the severity of which is yet to be determined. Given the short turn-around time, look for him to miss the home opener Monday afternoon, at the very least. Officially however, he is listed day to day.

But back to the game for a moment, because this seemed like a game of "Who wants a win the least?"

It started off well enough, with yet another Alfonso Soriano home run. But then things got weird.

Cubs starter Ryan Dempster pitched six bad innings; Jeff Suppan went 3 1/3 for Milwaukee.

Cubs walk four, Brewers walk 10—including walking in four straight runs in the fourth.

The Brewers bullpen gave up late runs to the Cubs in the eighth and ninth innings, likely ending their only chance at a win.

Cubs closer Kevin Gregg imploded yet again. First, he gave up a Richie Weeks homer in the ninth, then let the next two hitters on, before finally striking out Prince Fielder—the potential game-tying run—to end the game.

Winning ugly.

However it looked, though, the Cubs will take a 4-2 road trip—especially now that it's back to Wrigley Field for a 10-game homestand.