Saturday, June 23, 2012
White Sox 8 Brewers 6: Ugly Isn't Always Bad
You had to figure that with Dylan Axelrod and Randy Wolf on the mound we'd see a lot more runs in this game than we did with Chris Sale and Zack Greinke on Friday night. Well, for once, baseball made sense.
The Sox offense came out of the gate making solid contact off Wolf, but the Brewers made three exceptional defensive plays in the first inning. In the second inning the Sox made sure to not hit balls at defenders.
The Sox scored 2 runs in the inning and added 2 more in the fourth. Unfortunately after Dylan Axelrod hit the wall in the sixth inning, Will Ohman came in from the bullpen to make sure that those runners Axelrod left on base found their way home. The 3-run inning would give Milwaukee a 6-4 lead.
Fortunately, unlike most nights of late, the Sox offense responded right away and tied the game up in the sixth and scored again in the seventh and eighth.
Dylan Axelrod allowed 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings, but he pitched quite a bit better than that, at least in my opinion. He didn't walk anybody and the Brewers didn't really start hitting him hard until that sixth inning after he'd eclipse the 100-pitch mark.
It's a shame he couldn't get the win.
Aside from Ohman, Nate Jones, Jesse Crain, Matt Thornton and Addison Reed combined to throw 3.1 scoreless innings, with Reed picking up the first multi-inning save of his career. It should be pointed out, however, that while Jones didn't allow a run in his inning, he did allow 3 hits and a walk, and he's been getting smoked a bit lately.
Robin Ventura may want to give him a few days off.
As for the offense, Dayan Viciedo broke out of his June slump with 3 hits, a home run and 4 RBI on the night. Gordon Beckham and Alex Rios also had 3-hit nights and both drove in the last two Sox runs on the evening.
A.J. Pierzynski also provided two middle fingers for the fine folks at home.
It wasn't the prettiest game, but I'd rather win an 8-6 ugly game than lose a 1-0 gem like Friday night's any day.