The Brewers’ ragtag offense mustered just one run, but it was all that they would need on this night. Adrian Houser pitched seven scoreless innings and the bullpen held together to complete the 1-0 victory.
Houser was lights-out from the onset of the game. He finished with a line of 7IP, 5 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. In the process, he induced three double play balls that allowed him to keep his pitch count low all night. He was pulled after seven innings and 87 pitches. David Phelps recorded a hold in the eighth and Josh Hader earned his second save by throwing a perfect ninth.
While the offense produced just one run, there was no shortage of excitement. Mark Mathias led off the third with his first career hit. Orlando Arcia followed with a single and Eric Sogard drove home Mathias with a RBI single, the Brewers’ third straight hit off of White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel. Keston Hiura and Manny Pina also had hits for the Crew.
Despite receiving the loss, Keuchel pitched very well for the Sox. He finished with 7IP, 5 hits, 1 earned run, a walk, and 8 strikeouts. The Brewers could not muster any hits against the Chicago bullpen.
Things got worrisome for the Brewers in the eighth when White Sox hitter hit two straight towering fly balls to the outfield. Both were caught on the warning track and the lead was protected.
The Brewers improve their record to 4-5 on the season after dropping two straight games at home against the same Chicago team. The White Sox saw their six game winning streak come to an end and fall to 7-5.
The Brewers will send Josh Lindbolm to the hill tomorrow in the final game of the four-game home-home series. Chicago will counter with former Brewer Gio Gonzalez.
A Brewer Lineup Unlike any Other
The Brewers’ lineup tonight was not one many fans expected to see, much less win with. Christian Yelich had a mental health day off in the midst of a season-starting slump. Ryan Braun is on the IL and Lorenzo Cain opted out of the season. Last year’s starting catcher Yasmani Grandal played in the game, but for the opposing team.