Win chill: Frosty cold Brewers beat the Cubs

(AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Some of you must have been sitting on your couches, laughing at the Brewers’ silly headgear Tuesday night. But seriously — it was really cold for a baseball game at Wrigley Field.

With most of Milwaukee’s hitters clad in head warmers, appearing equally suited for a snowmobile ride, a bank robbery or a baseball game, the Brewers scored five runs before Cubs starter Paul Maholm recorded his third out and held on for a 7-4 win at frigid Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

It got interesting in the ninth inning for the second straight night, but Francisco Rodriguez entered for his first Brewers save — his first ninth-inning save opportunity since last July 8, before a trade from the Mets — and Milwaukee’s masked men pushed above .500 for the first time this season.

“It was so cold, man,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve never experienced anything like this in 10 years of being in the big leagues. I don’t think I can remember anything colder than this.”

The chill in the air didn’t seem to affect K-Rod’s Venezuelan countryman, shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who belted his first Brewers home run amid the five-run first inning. He played in three-quarter sleeves, without any extra headgear.

“Maybe he likes cold weather and I don’t know about it,” Rodriguez said.

Gonzalez was not immediately available to answer. He was in the hot tub after the game.

The Brewers hustled for the warmth of the clubhouse after the final out. This was one night they didn’t mind the cramped quarters at Wrigley Field.

“I don’t know why some guys just handle the cold better than others,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “I was looking at [Gonzalez], and he’s out there with sleeves to [mid-forearm] and he’s like, ‘It’s not cold.’ Then you’ve got the other guys with their face masks.

“I know one thing: I was really cold sitting on the bench.”

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