Weeks equals franchise scoring mark
Barrels over Cubs catcher to score in 16th consecutive game
CHICAGO -- Rickie Weeks tied a Brewers record on Thursday, and he did it with a bang.Weeks collided with Cubs catcher Geovany Soto before touching home plate in the top of the first inning for the 16th consecutive game, a streak that dates to last season and ties a franchise record set in 1987, by Hall of Famer Paul Molitor. Weeks scored in each of Milwaukee's final 13 games in 2007, and has scored at least once in all three games so far this season. Soto went sprawling, but the Cubs were left standing at the end. Chicago scored a 6-3 win over Milwaukee at Wrigley Field to avoid a three-game sweep. "I had zero option on that play," Weeks said of his hard hit. "He was up the line. A lot of times, guys will move out of the way, and you can slide, but he was straddling the line, so I had no choice." Weeks wasted no time in continuing the streak, drawing a walk from Cubs starter Ryan Dempster to lead off the game. Weeks advanced to third on a Tony Gwynn Jr. double, then broke for home when Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome caught Prince Fielder's sacrifice fly. Fukudome's throw home drew the catcher Soto up the third-base line, and before the baseball arrived, Weeks did. He barreled over Soto, allowing Gwynn to score behind Weeks for a quick, 2-0 Brewers lead. "As I was coming down the line, I was watching the ball to see if I was going to have a play at the plate," Weeks said. "As soon as I turned to look [at the catcher], he was way up the line, so my first reaction was to go ahead and try to go through him." Brewers manager Ned Yost has been in Soto's shoes before. He was a former Major League catcher and offered some advice. "You don't block the plate unless you have the ball," Yost said. "He was standing in front of the plate. Sometimes, that's what happens. "I love my team being aggressive. That goes without saying. That's what I like about this team so much, that they're a young group of hungry players who play the game hard and play the game right. There's nothing cheap about that." The Cubs had hit Weeks in the series. He twice was struck by wayward pitches on Opening Day but said there were no hard feelings. "Come on, now, I ain't dirty," Weeks said. "I just played hard, like I always do." Soto had no problem with the play. "I've been playing this game for a long time, and you have to expect that sort of thing," Soto said. "It's like a double play at second. They know we're out there to break up double plays. If I'm blocking the plate, you're going to get hit." He added: "I've been hit harder than that."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.