Win: Jonathan Broxton (1-0)
Loss: Zach Duke (1-2)
Save: Francisco Rodriguez (7)
HR: Carlos Gomez (2), Elian Herrera (3), Khris Davis (3), Geovany Soto (2)
Fangraphs Win Expectancy Chart
For the most part, I think we as a fandom have finally moved past 'wins' as a statistic worth much value for pitchers (as I continue to list it above). But here's an example of how silly that can be: Jonathan Broxton was the winning pitcher for the Brewers, as per the MLB rulebook.
That, despite Broxton coming into the game with a 7-5 lead and giving up four hits in the eighth inning en route to blowing that lead and letting the White Sox tie the game back up.
The Brewers came out on fire to open the game, with a three-run first inning capped off by a two-run Carlos Gomez gome run. Milwaukee got two more in the second when Gerardo Parra doubled home Hector Gomez, then scored on a Ryan Braun single. The Brewers got one more run before Geovany Soto blasted a two run shot to get the White Sox on the board.
Carlos Gomez helped make up for that by almost hitting an inside-the-park home run. I mean, he scored, but it wasn't ruled a home run. Gomez lined a ball into right field that he was stretching into a triple and the ball got away a bit on the throw, resulting in an error that allowed Gomez to make it home. Thus, it was only a triple. Gomez was almost out, too, with a close play at the plate but an official review held up the original call of safe.
However, the White Sox scored three unearned runs in the 7th inning off Will Smith due in part to Scooter Gennett missing a catch on a force out. That cut the lead to two, which was promptly made up for with Broxton on the mound in the eighth.
Fortunately, the Brewers didn't have to wait long to make up for those runs: Elian Herrera of all people blasted a two-run homer into the left field bleachers, followed up by a monster Khris Davis shot that was caught by a very popular fan:
Hey Khris, thanks for the ball! #Brewers pic.twitter.com/3c3RXZGgCl— Bernie Brewer (@Bernie_Brewer) May 12, 2015
Francisco Rodriguez gave up a hit, but shut down the White Sox in the ninth. With the win, the Brewers officially no longer have the fewest wins in the majors.
These two teams will play again tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 7:10 CT.