Pitching was the story of Wednesday night’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago White Sox.
Groundballs filled the scoresheet for both starters, Adrian Houser and Dallas Keuchel. However, one ounce of trouble would cost the Sox early.
In the Brewers’ half of the third inning, Mark Mathias recorded his first career hit, a leadoff single. Two more singles by Orlando Arcia and Eric Sogard plated the first run of the game to make it 1-0 Milwaukee.
The home squad had a good opportunity to tie things up a bit later. In the bottom of the sixth, Danny Mendick got his second hit of the night when he ripped a double down the left field line. To this point, it was just the third hit for the Sox. Yoan Moncada dribbled a ball that never left the infield for a hit to put himself on first with Mendick on third. Jose Abreu would then strike out to end the threat with Milwaukee leading 1-0.
Codi Heuer entered the ballgame in the top of the eighth to relieve Dallas Keuchel, who pitched great despite the early trouble. David Phelps replaced Adrian Houser in the bottom half.
Final lines for starting pitchers:
- Houser: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- Keuchel: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
In the White Sox half of the eighth inning, Mendick continued his strong performance with a single up the middle to give him a 3-for-3 night. Luis Robert and Yoan Moncada went back-to-back with warning track shots to end the inning with the Brewers still holding a 1-0 lead.
After Heuer’s flawless ninth, Josh Hader took the ball close out the game for Milwaukee. Abreu flew out to right, Yasmani Grandal flew out to left, and Eloy Jimenez struck out on three pitches to end the game. 1-0 Brewers was the final.
This ended the White Sox winning streak at six games. Being 7-5 doesn’t feel so bad after starting 1-4. The South Siders will face Milwaukee once more tonight before a three-game weekend set with the Cleveland Indians. Don’t forget to catch the Sox On Tap Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts!