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Brewers’ Bats Wake Up, Split Series with White Sox

A pair of home runs and two big innings from the offense lead the Brewers to victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Josh Lindblom earns his first win with the Crew, while Gio Gonzalez earns the loss against his former team.

Big Fifth, Eighth Innings Propel Crew

MARYVALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 06: Jedd Gyorko #5 of the Milwaukee Brewers follows through on a swing during a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants at American Family Fields of Phoenix on March 06, 2020 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
MARYVALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: Jedd Gyorko #5 of the Milwaukee Brewers follows through on a swing during a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants at American Family Fields of Phoenix on March 06, 2020 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Despite a semi-slow start to the game, the Brewers’ offense exploded in the fifth inning of tonight’s game. With one out, outfielder Christian Yelich hit a towering inside-the-park home run to left, tying the game at two runs a piece. Two batters later, third baseman Jedd Gyorko smoked a line-drive home run to left that also scored Avisaíl García. Gyorko would end the night going 2-for-3 with three RBI in total, before being subbed out for Eric Sogard in the sixth inning.

The runs would not stop there, though. In the eighth inning, following a Justin Smoak sacrifice fly, rookie utilityman Mark Mathias roped a single to center field off of Sox reliever Steve Cishek. This hit would drive in both Sogard and García.

Lindblom, Peralta Shine On The Mound

Freddy Peralta delivers a pitch in Spring Training. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
Freddy Peralta delivers a pitch in Spring Training. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

In his second start with the Crew, Josh Lindblom was able to earn his first Major League win since 2013, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers. Lindblom went for 5 innings on 84 pitches, allowing two runs on four hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. Aside from one mistake pitch to White Sox shortstop Leury Garcia in the second inning, Lindblom was dominant in tonight’s game.

Following Lindblom, the Brewers’ turned to Freddy Peralta to make his first relief appearance of the year. This decision panned out well, as Peralta would strikeout six batters over three innings, only giving up one hit. Peralta’s fastball was electric tonight, touching 96 MPH on a strikeout pitch against slugger Jose Abreu.

What’s Next?

The Brewers open a six-game home stretch after tonight’s game, beginning with a three game set against the Cincinnati Reds. First pitch is slated for 7:10 PM CDT. Eric Lauer will be making his first start with the Brewers tomorrow, going up against former All-Star Trevor Bauer. In two starts this season, Bauer is 1-0 with a 0.68 ERA over 13 and 1/3 innings. Lauer has made only one appearance thus far, in which he struck out six batters over two and 2/3 innings against the Cubs.

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