The White Sox began a series with the Milwaukee Brewers and the contest did not disappoint in the excitement category.
The offense began right where they left off against Brewers’ starter Brett Anderson. Luis Robert attacked the first pitch and reached on an infield single. Yoan Moncada pummeled one off the wall for a double that pushed Robert to third. Jose Abreu grounded out, but advanced both runners, giving the White Sox an early 1–0 lead. Yasmani Grandal lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Moncada to double the lead before Carlos Rodon even threw a pitch.
After a quick two outs, Christian Yelich and Avisail Garcia hit back-to-back doubles to trim the White Sox lead to 2–1.
In the home half of the third, Matt Foster toed the rubber for the White Sox. He walked Yelich but struck out three. The report on Rodon was shoulder soreness. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Jace Fry took over in the bottom of the fifth. Oswaldo Arcia singled early in the frame and was pushed to third by a Ben Gamel double. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Fry locked up Yelich for a strikeout. Manager Ricky Renteria then went to veteran Steve Cishek out of the pen. Avi Garcia hit a two-out single that scored a pair, giving the Brewers a 3–2 lead.
In the Sox half of the sixth, Leury Garcia singled for his third hit of the game. Nomar Mazara made his team debut, pinch-hitting for Adam Engel, but flew out to Yelich in left to end the inning.
Justin Smoak began the Brewers’ sixth with a long single to right. After the next batter was hit by a pitch, Arcia grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Gamel cashed in with two outs and drove home Smoak to make it 4–2 Milwaukee. Ross Detwiler was then subbed in for Cishek. Logan Morrison was up to bat, but before Detwiler threw a pitch, he picked off Gamel at first to end the inning.
With one out in the seventh, Robert drew a four-pitch walk against Burnes, who had been keeping the Sox offense quiet since coming into the game. Robert, with Abreu up, stole his second base of the night. Abreu saw a high fastball and turned it right around for a two-run, game-tying home run, knotting the contest at four runs a piece.
Detwiler had two outs and Yelich on first when he struck out Garcia. However, the ball was in the dirt and McCann’s throw was wide of first. This allowed Yelich to reach third as Garcia occupied first. “Ross the Boss” took care of business though, striking out Eric Sogard to end the threat and keep the game tied at 4–4.
In the Sox half of the eighth with David Phelps on the mound for Milwaukee, McCann sprayed a two-strike pitch to right for a single. Garcia grounded a ball that looked to be a pair, but McCann’s tough slide combined with Garcia’s speed kept the inning alive. Mazara got his first hit with the club, dumping a single into left that sent Garcia to third. With Nick Madrigal up, ball four got passed Manny Piña which scored Leury and gave the Sox a late 5–4 lead.
Insurance was added in the top half of the ninth when Moncada unleashed a solo jack to extend the lead to 6–4.
Alex Colomé entered the ninth and shut it down for the White Sox fifth win in a row. The club is now 6–4 and jockeying atop the American League Central. It was Colomé’s second save in as many attempts. Both of these teams will do it again tomorrow night before heading back to Chicago for the tail end of this home-and-home series.
This felt like a playoff game. I know the broadcast said it, but it’s true. After losing Rodon, it didn’t feel good. But again, the bullpen really stepped up and kept us in it enough for the offense to put together some runs. Jose Abreu’s at-bats were so good tonight in the later innings, that game-tying home run was “lit” as the kids would say. Let’s also not overlook Leury Garcia. He’s been putting together great performances and is going to make some decisions tough if he keeps it up. Winning is fun. Let’s keep doing this.