#Cubs post walk-off win over Brewers

Miguel Montero hit a redeeming walk-off home run leading off the 10th inning Wednesday to give the Cubs a 3-2 victory over the Brewers. The highlight of the game was Anthony Rizzo’s leaping catch onto the tarp, the wall and into the seats in the sixth inning. If you haven’t see it on video, look for it.

This was the Cubs’ 11th walk-off win this season. They’re now 11-5 in extra-inning games, and have won 12 of their last 13 games.

*The Brewers tied the game at 2 in the ninth when Ryan Braun scored on a wild pitch by Hector Rondon. Montero was mad at himself for not blocking the ball.

“That’s a pitch I don’t allow myself to let go by me,” Montero said. “I’ve got to block that pitch. He made a lot of good pitches. That can’t happen. It’s pretty much a good wake up call. … Not that I want it to happen, especially in that situation, but it’s good to have it happen. It’s a wake up call to me. I’ve got to block that pitch.”

*Cubs starter Jason Hammel was pulled after 5 2/3 innings pitched, and not happy about the early exit. Manager Joe Maddon did not want Hammel facing Brewers’ left-handed hitting Adam Lind.

“I am certain [Hammel] is going to be upset,” Maddon said. “I expect him to be upset. I’m happy that he’s going to be upset because he’s such a competitor and an outstanding pitcher. From my perspective, where I’m sitting, it’s not about being nice. It’s about trying to do the right thing at the right moment.”

*Rizzo’s acrobatic catch robbed Braun of an at-bat. The Cubs first baseman wasn’t exactly sure what happened.

“It’s one of those ones where you put your head down and I came up with the catch,” Rizzo said. “I really don’t remember any of it. It slowed down at the moment, and once I made the catch, it sped up real fast.”

Said Braun: “Just incredible effort by an unbelievable player. From a pure effort perspective, one of the greatest plays I’ve ever seen in the regular season.”

— Carrie Muskat

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It’s never easy. But, really, if every game is going to be like this, how can we compete in the playoffs? Go, Cubs!

Wait a minute…if every game is like this…like a come back, dramatic VICTORY? That IS not only competing but WINNING. If this was a loss, a game that got away I could see your point. But this game had “compete” written all over it. First, I hope we make the playoffs, second I hope every playoff game has as much competition from the Cubs as this one. They never stopped competing and that lead to a win. There is no “but really”. I don’t get your remark as being relevant or related solely to Rondon’s wild pitch. Focusing on the wild pitch? Or how close the Cubs came to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is counterproductive and keeps one from seeing the genuine competitive nature of this young, good ball club. Bring on the playoffs, I like this clubs chances of at least competing if not succeeding during those playoff games. Overcoming errors and mishaps is a testament to a team’s competitive nature and appetite for success. Errors and such happen to all teams, good teams as well as bad teams. The reaction to those unfortunate incidents common throughout all of baseball is what sets apart contenders from pretenders. Regardless of a post season for the Cubs, this team has all the makings of a competitor and competition is not an issue or question.

Now that was an excellent post.

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A little bit later, Avisail Garcia doubled off the wall in the 13th inning to score the game-winning run in the Sox win over the Angels. The walk-off win was the ninth such victory this season for the Sox, which is tied for second most in the majors.

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