Milwaukee Brewers Fall to White Sox 4-2; Sale Records 11 Strikeouts


The Chicago White Sox ended the Brewers three game winning streak Tuesday night, defeating them 4-2.  The Brewers got the scoring started in their half of the first inning.  Jean Segura led off with a triple to right center, his second triple on the season, and scored the games first run on Ryan Braun‘s RBI groundout.

Mike Fiers was dialed in through the first 4 innings, only allowing one hit, but the White Sox got to him in the fifth.  The first three hitters of the inning all collected hits.  Tyler Flowers tied the game with an RBI double to left center, and Micah Johnson followed with an RBI single to right, giving the White Sox a 2-1 advantage.

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Fiers was very efficient on the night, as he had his longest outing of the season.  He completed 6 1/3 innings, scattering 5 hits and walking 1.  He struck out 7 batters and allowed two earned runs, but picked up a no-decision.  Fiers now has 49 strikeouts on the season, which ranks 5th in the NL, and has pitched just 36 innings, good for 12.25 K/9.

The Brewers tied the game in the bottom half of inning.  Elian Herrera lifted a 2-2 slider over the left field wall, tying the game at 2.  Herrera has been red lately, starting at third base for Aramis Ramirez, who is resting a sore back.  Herrera is 5-14 (.357) with a walk over the past 4 games, and has now homered in 3 straight games.

The White Sox grabbed the lead back in the 8th inning.  Michael Blazek gave up two walks (one intentional) and a single, loading the bases with just one out.  Alexei Ramirez lined a 2-0 pitch to center, allowing Jose Abreu to tag and score, giving the White Sox a 3-2 lead.  Abreu beat the shift with an RBI single to right field in the 9th, increasing the lead to 4-2.

Chris Sale was outstanding for the White Sox, pitching 8 innings and scattering just 3 hits and a walk.  He gave up two earned runs while recording a season-high 11 strikeouts and improving to 3-1 on the season.  David Robertson recorded his 6th save of the season, retiring the side in order.  Blazek picked up the loss dropping him to 3-1.

The final game in the series will be at 7:10 pm with Jimmy Nelson (1-3, 4.00 ERA) squaring off against Jose Quintana (1-3, 5.03 ERA).