A combined 2-for-15 with 11 strikeouts for the White Sox 1-4 hitters aided an 8-2 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.
Brewers’ starter Josh Lindblom pitched exceptionally in his second start of 2020. He immediately set the tone for the game by striking out the first handful of hitters he faced.
In the bottom of the second inning, Nomar Mazara singled to right. Leury Garcia then launched his third home run of the year to give the Sox a 2-0 lead.
Milwaukee chipped into the lead in their half of the third. After Christian Yelich walked and Avisail Garcia singled him to second, Jedd Gyrko recorded a base hit that scored Yelich to make it 2-1.
The Brewers would continue to put runs on the board in their half of the fifth. Yelich started the inning with an inside-the-park home run down the left field line that Eloy Jimenez couldn’t make the play on.
This defensive blunder tied the game at two. After Garcia walked, Gyrko lined a two-run shot into the Sox bullpen to extend the Milwaukee lead to 4-2. Justin Smoak then reached on an error by Jose Abreu. Former White Sox backstop Omar Narvaez singled. This would kick Gonzalez from the game and bring in Matt Foster. After a strikeout of Mark Mathias, Orlando Arcia singled home Smoak to extend the Brewers’ lead to 5-2.
With Steve Cishek pitching for the Sox in the eighth, Yelich walked, and Garcia and Eric Sogard were hit by pitches. Smoak then lifted a sacrifice fly to score Yelich, making it 6-2 Brewers. Cishek then walked another hitter and gave up a single that extended their lead to 8-2. This chased Cishek from the game and turned it over to Brady Lail, who was making his second-ever Major League appearance.
Eric Yardley came on for the ninth. Adam Engel reached on an error with two outs. Garcia just missed his second home run of the night on a ball to center. Engel came around to score, but that rounded out the action in this contest. An 8-3 Brewers win helped them split the four-game stretch with the South Siders.
A 1-4 start to the season was quickly forgotten when the White Sox won six in a row. Now losing two games back-to-back has some fans down in the dumps once again. Understandably so, as a 60-game season doesn’t leave much room for error. There is room for optimism, though. The White Sox have played one “bad” team thus far in the Kansas City Royals… no disrespect intended. The rest of the Sox early opponents have each been in the conversation for top teams in their divisions. The panic button is nowhere near out yet, however, the upcoming series against Cleveland comes at a time where the bats are cold and the Indians’ pitching staff is performing well. Couple that with the Tribe riding into town red hot after taking three of four from the vastly improved Cincinnati Reds, including a 13-0 beatdown yesterday, and this weekend will be a challenge for a young White Sox team.
Game one of the weekend series at 35th/Shields gets underway at 7:10 PM CT tonight with Dylan Cease taking the hill for the Sox. Don’t miss the Sox On Tap podcast for analysis and reactions after every White Sox game.