CHICAGO -- After a day when hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo was basically fired for the team’s poor approach at the plate, the Cubs walked seven times in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Tigers. All four of the runners who scored had walked -- including Darwin Barney who tallied the game winner in the 8th on Jhonny Peralta’s second throwing error of the evening.
“The toughest part of the game is being aggressive and selective at the same time,” Barney said.”You look in your zone early in the count even though (the pitcher) is going to try and get you out early. If you get them deep in the count, you probably have a better chance, so that was kind of our approach tonight.”
The Cubs had a 6-16 record in one-run games coming into the Tiger series. Manager Dale Sveum praised the team’s patience in Tuesday’s win.
“That’s part of the game,” Sveum said. “Sometimes we lose sight as to how important walking is. If you look every night as to who wins games, 72 percent win when they have more walks than the other team.”
Barney was the big run-producer of the evening, driving in three and scoring the eventual game-winner on Peralta’s bad throw that pulled first baseman Prince Fielder of off the bag.
“It’s a funny game, the ball bounces different directions at different times,” Barney said. “He had a couple tough plays there, but we have some speed out there that we can use, and with everyone being aggressive, it can work.”