Historically bad inning for Suppan, Julio

Brewers starter Jeff Suppan and reliever Jorge Julio tied a modern Major League record tonight by combining to issue four bases-loaded walks in the fourth inning against the Cubs. Since divisional play began in 1969 that’s only happened nine times, including twice in the past five days. The Braves gifted the Phillies four runs via walks on Wednesday.

Suppan was responsible for three of the free passes. He walked No. 8 hitter Koyie Hill with one out and the pitcher on deck to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. After recording the second out, Suppan then walked Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome after working to full counts. He was replaced by Julio, who walked Derrek Lee on four pitches to make it 5-1.

And wouldn’t you know it, the Brewers almost stormed right back. Corey Hart hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning and Prince Fielder was inches away from a game-tying grand slam in the fifth. Reed Johnson, who had just replaced an injured Milton Bradley, pulled back Fielder’s fly ball and turned it into one of the most dramatic sacrifice flies I’ve ever seen.

Fielder tipped his batting helmet to Johnson. What a play.

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