Brewers set NL record for Ks in extra-inning game

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Corey Patterson saw one pitch he loved up close
and plenty more he admired from far away.

Patterson hit a two-run homer off Brooks Kieschnick in the 17th
inning Thursday to give the Chicago Cubs a 4-2 victory over
Milwaukee and a four-game sweep of the Brewers.

"I just wanted to get the game over with," Patterson said.

Kieschnick said the fastball was a mistake: right down the
middle, thigh-high. But the ones that Patterson saw from the dugout
and then center field really caught his eye.

"I get a kick out of watching our pitching staff," said
Patterson, who pinch-hit for Kerry Wood in the eighth and ended up
going 3-for-5.

The Brewers set an NL record for strikeouts in an extra-inning
game with 24, two more than the previous mark, set by the New York
Mets on May 31, 1964, and tied by Cincinnati on Aug. 8, 1972.

"I wish we wouldn't have done that. I'd rather it happened in
regulation," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.

And the Brewers shrugged off their new futility mark.

"Who cares?" Geoff Jenkins said. "It's just a win or a loss.
It doesn't really matter about the punchouts."

Royce Clayton said it was just the byproduct of a great game --
or two.

"That was two games, basically," he said. "I mean, I'm not
really paying much attention to setting a record. Yeah, the
strikeouts loom big, but Kerry Wood got a lot of them and they have
a good bullpen.

"And it wasn't like they were throwing out a bunch of hits,

Wood fanned 13 in seven innings, but the Cubs struck out 14
times themselves.

Ending what began as a pitcher's duel between Wood and Ben
Sheets, Patterson connected with two outs for his eighth homer,
hitting a 2-0 pitch from Kieschnick (0-1).

"I was patient in that at-bat and fortunately it worked out,"
Patterson said.

It was only the second 17th-inning homer in Cubs history -- the
other was hit by Keith Moreland against Houston on Sept. 2, 1986.

Kyle Farnsworth (2-0) pitched three innings for the win, and
Todd Wellemeyer struck out the side in the 17th for a save in his
major league debut.

It was the second-longest game in the majors this season. St.
Louis beat Florida 7-6 in 20 innings on April 27.

"What can I say? I'm numb right now,'' Baker said.

The Cubs, who won their fifth straight, improved to 5-0 in extra
innings this year. The Brewers, losers of five straight, fell to
1-3 in extra innings.

After both teams scored in the 10th, the Brewers stranded
runners at third base in the 12th and 13th innings, denying
28-year-old right-hander Leo Estrella his first major league

The Brewers also stranded a runner at second in the 15th when
Richie Sexson, who was 0-for-7, struck out for the fifth time.

"We came out of those with some gas out of the bullpen,'' Baker
said. "I don't know about tomorrow because everybody's spent.
Hopefully, Matt Clement will throw a real gem (against St.

The Cubs stranded a runner at third in the 14th when shortstop
Clayton jumped to rob Damian Miller of a line-drive RBI single, and
left fielder Jenkins robbed Alex Gonzalez of a homer in the 15th.

The Cubs spilled out of the dugout, thinking it was a home run.

"I was running in and I hadn't shown the ball yet and the
umpire said, 'Are you going to show me the ball?'" Jenkins said.

Patterson's single off Mike DeJean in the top of the 10th scored
Ramon Martinez from second. But pinch-hitter Brady Clark's RBI
single on a 3-2 pitch from Joe Borowski scored Eric Young from
second with two outs to tie it again.

Wood allowed three hits, and stood to get the win until Scott
Podsednik hit a 415-foot homer off Antonio Alfonseca with two outs
in the eighth. It was the second homer of the year for Podsednik,
who struck out three times against Wood, as did Sexson and Wes

The Brewers whiffed 11 more times against the Cubs' bullpen.

"You look at their staff over there and they've got guy after
guy after guy coming in and throwing 96-101 mph," Brewers manager
Ned Yost said.

In a matinee matchup of power pitchers, Sheets allowed one run
and four hits in eight innings, striking out eight. He gave up two
hits, both by Moises Alou, until Eric Karros homered in the

"It was a great game," Yost said. "It was great defense,
great pitching, great plays."

And plenty of Ks.

Game notes
Wood has 29 career double-digit strikeout games, including
three this season. ... The Cubs' previous four-game sweep was April
3-6, 1998, against Montreal at Wrigley Field. Their last four-game
sweep on the road was Aug. 2-5, 1991, against the Mets at Shea