After an unexpected three-day vacation, the Brewers fell to the White Sox in their first game at Miller Park in 2020. Ross Detwiler obtains the win, while Corey Knebel falls as the losing pitcher.
Short Starts for Anderson, Rodón
Managers Craig Counsell and Rick Renteria went to their bullpens early, allowing starters Brett Anderson and Carlos Rodón to go five innings combined. Anderson would go three innings in his Brewers’ debut, allowing two runs on five hits, with only two strikeouts. Rodón ended his night earlier than Anderson, only going two innings while giving up only one run. He left the game after the second inning with shoulder soreness in his throwing arm.
Bullpen Struggles vs. Sox Sluggers
The Brewers’ bullpen did not fare as well as they have up to this point in the season. Following Anderson, the Brewers looked to four relievers to hold down the White Sox’ offense. Corbin Burnes went the longest of the four, pitching 3 and 2/3 innings, and allowing two runs on three hits, including a two-run home run to first baseman Jose Abreu in the seventh inning. Following Burnes, pitchers David Phelps, Corey Knebel, and Eric Yardley would give up two runs over 2 and 1/3 innings, including the go-ahead run to infielder Nick Madrigal in the eighth inning on a bases-loaded walk.
Offensive Showing Not Enough In Loss
Despite the loss, the Brewers’ offense turned on for 10 hits and four runs against the White Sox pitching staff. Offseason acquisition Avisaíl García broke out, going 2-for-4 with three RBI’s and an extra-base hit in the first inning. Outfielder Ben Gamel was responsible for the team’s other run in last night’s game, hitting an RBI single in the sixth inning that scored Justin Smoak. All of the team’s runs would come with two outs in the innings that they were scored in.
Yelich Gets Two Hits, Struggles In Spotlight
Outfielder Christian Yelich snapped his 0-for-19 slide tonight, going 2-for-4 with a double, a single, and a walk. Neither of his hits would come in situations with runners on base, which is a stark opposite of his at-bats that ended in outs. Yelich came to bat with the bases loaded in the fifth inning and with a runner on second base in the ninth. Neither at-bat would produce a run, though, as he struck out in the fifth, and grounded out to end the ballgame. Though a bright spot emerged in his overall hitting, Yelich remains as a shell of his former NL MVP self to start the year.
The Brewers and White Sox will square off for game two of the series tomorrow at Miller Park. Each team’s ace will start, as Brandon Woodruff will go up against Lucas Giolito. Giolito is 0-1 in two starts this season with a 6.52 ERA and only nine strikeouts. Woodruff is coming off of a one hit, 10 strikeout gem against the Pirates last week. Thus far, Woodruff is having a strong start to the season, going 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts.
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