CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Michael Fiers #64 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks for the signs before throwing against the Chicago White Sox during an interleague game at U.S. Cellular Field on June 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
WP: Brian Bruney (1-0)
LP: Manny Parra (0-2)
MVP: Francisco Rodriguez (+.276)
LVP: Manny Parra (-.370)
The starters for the Brewers have learned that the best way to win is to not leave it up to the bullpen. Unfortunately, no amount of good pitching can overcome an offense that doesn't score.
Just like Friday, it was a pitcher's duel for the first nine innings of the game. Michael Fiers was on top of his game for most of the day. He pitched 7 1/3 scorless innings, allowing a total of six baserunners with five hits and one walk. He also struck out seven on the day. On the other side, he was matched pitch for pitch by Jose Quintana. He also allowed a total of six baserunners (all on hits), allowing those over eight innings with four strikeouts.
First out of the bullpen today was Francisco Rodriguez, who came in with runners on second and third with one out. He struck out Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn to keep the game scoreless. Jose Veras came in for the ninth inning and allowed a leadoff runner, who was erased on a double play. He then proceeded to load the bases before getting a pop up to send it to extra innings.
Addison Reed and Brian Bruney covered the ninth and tenth innings scoreless for the Whie Sox. The Brewers went to Manny Parra for the bottom of the tenth inning. Alejandro De Aza hit a double to start the inning, then a fly out from Gordon Beckham to get the first out. After walking Adam Dunn, Eduardo Escobar came in to pinch hit. He sent a hit into the gap in left center to score De Aza and give the White Sox a walk-off win.
The Brewers managed a total of eight hits on the day but couldn't get a run. Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart both had two-hit days, and Corey Hart should have had a third hit on a home run, but was robbed by Alex Rios.
The Brewers return to National League play tomorrow as they travel to Cincinnati for a critical series against the Reds. Yovani Gallardo starts for the Brewers, and Mat Latos goes for the Reds. First pitch is at 6:10 PM.