Walk the walk

Most of Jake Fox’s RBIs this year have been because of a hit, but Friday’s walkoff walk in the 10th showed the rookie third baseman just how far he’s come as a hitter. Fox drew a bases loaded walk to drive in the winning run as the Cubs beat the Brewers, 2-1. Fox’s dad sent him a text message after the game to congratulate him.

“He said, ‘You know what, I don’t know if you could have drawn a walk a year ago,'” Fox said of the message. “‘It shows the progress you’ve made as a hitter.’ It’s true. I don’t know if I could’ve done that a year ago.”

Fox is hoping that his improved at-bats pay off for a longer stint with the big league team. The Cubs have some roster decisions to make Monday when Aramis Ramirez, Reed Johnson and Angel Guzman come back.

“For me, where I’m at as a hitter, it shows me — and I hope it shows them something more than if I went up there and hit the first pitch for a base hit,” Fox said. “It shows them I can be patient.”

Fox feels he’s seeing the ball better and getting in better counts.

“It’s just one of those periods where I can’t get them to fall in now, and the only place I can get them to fall in is the other side of the wall,” he said.

He was laughing. The Cubs will take those home runs, too.

— Carrie Muskat

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