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Brewers shortened two-game homestand ends with 3-2 loss to White Sox

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Ben Gamel provided all the offense with a two-run home run as the Brewers couldn’t back up a good pitching day.

Chicago White Sox v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

WP: Lucas Giolito (1-1)
LP: Devin Williams (0-1)
SV: Alex Colomé (3)

HR: Ben Gamel (2), Eloy Jiménez (3)

Box Score

The game started off well enough. Eric Sogard led off with a double, then Keston Hiura walked to put two runners on base with no outs. Christian Yelich was up next and struck out, then Avisail Garcia grounded into a double play to end the inning. Both offenses quieted down after that until the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, another leadoff double put Logan Morrison on second to start the inning. After Omar Narvaez lined out (moving Morrison to third), Ben Gamel hit his second home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the White Sox got that run right back in the top of the sixth. Former Brewer Yasmani Grandal singled to start the inning, and then Eloy Jimenez homered to tie the game at 2-2. Those were the only runs that Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff allowed in the game. In total, he pitched six innings, allowing just those two runs on eight hits, with a walk and a six strikeouts.

Devin Williams came out for the seventh, and was immediately in trouble after a throwing error by Sogard put Danny Mendick at second. Williams almost got out of it as he struck out the next two batters, but Jose Abreu singled to drive in Mendick, putting the White Sox up 3-2. Williams ended up striking out the side in the inning, but the unearned run gave the White Sox the lead.

Brent Suter came in for the eighth and ninth innings, allowing just one baserunner on a hit while striking out three. It kept the Brewers in the game as the offense tried to rally in those last two innings. In the eighth, Brock Holt walked and Sogard singled to put two runners on base with no outs, but Hiura grounded in to a double play and Yelich struck out to end the inning.

The Brewers tried again with two outs in the ninth. After Garcia grounded out and Smoak struck out, Ryon Healy singled to put a runner on base. Mark Mathias came in to pinch run (making his major league debut), and got to third after Narvaez also singled. Narvaez was pinch run for by Orlando Arcia, who stole second to put two runners in scoring position. It ended there, though, as Gamel grounded out to end the game.

The Brewers offense continued their early season struggles tonight. Though they did collect seven hits and four walks, they also struck out thirteen times in the game. Unfortunately, three of those strikeouts were from Yelich, whose early season struggles continued. After the game, manager Craig Counsell spoke about Yelich’s struggles.

Eris Sogard also weighed in after the game:

The series against the White Sox continues tomorrow, but the series will move to Chicago for the next two games. Adrian Houser will get the start against Dallas Keuchel. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.