After playing six innings of a 1-0 pitchers' duel, the final seven innings turned into a wild, back-and-forth affair. The Cubs and Brewers each scored four in the seventh inning, trading clutch pinch-hits, with David DeJesus' grand slam and Jonathan Lucroy's bases-clearing double.
They traded runs again in the ninth inning, with John Axford giving up a rare three runs (one earned) and Corey Hart belting a two-run, game-tying homer to extend the game. Following 3 1/2 tense, scoreless innings, the Brewers finally came out with the win.
"It really is hard for me to replay the game," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "There was just so much going on."
The 5-hour, 4-minute contest was the 17th game in franchise history to eclipse the five-hour mark, and the first since a 15-inning game on April 22, 2004, that lasted 5:22. Only three of the Brewers' 25 players did not play in the game: starting pitchers Marco Estrada, Yovani Gallardo and Shaun Marcum.
The 14 walks in the game also marked the third-highest total in Milwaukee franchise history.
But even more crazy events occurred off the field for the Brewers.
Axford left shortly after his first blown save in more than a year as his wife had gone into early labor. First-base coach Garth Iorg's wife fell in a Miller Park parking lot, breaking her left wrist and right elbow. And Corey Hart's wife hit a deer on her way home from the ballpark.
"I was so exhausted from the game," Roenicke said, "and I come in, I'm like 'Oh my gosh.' So it was a bad day. It was a good win, but it was a bad day."