Starting Pitcher: Brandon Woodruff - 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 86 pitches, 53 strikes (61.6%)
Home Runs: None
Top 3 WPA: Hoby Milner (.221), William Contreras (.206), Devin Williams (.198)
Bottom 3 WPA: Carlos Santana (-.184), Brice Turang (-.107), Christian Yelich (-.069)
Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)
Woodruff Pitches An Efficient Six
In his second start since his IL stint, Brandon Woodruff was able to put up a quality start. While the Brewers have been vocal about being careful while ramping him up back to a big league workload, his efficient pitching allowed him to cruise through six innings in under 90 pitches. In comparison, he threw one fewer pitch in his last start against the Pirates but went just five innings.
His first earned run came in the third inning after conceding a double, a single, and then a groundout. His second earned run came by way of a Yoan Moncada home run to center field.
In the sixth inning, he struck out Yasmani Grandal and walked Gavin Sheets before finally being pulled. His four-seam fastball peaked at 97.0 mph in the fifth inning and he garnered 11 swings and misses. His work was enough to earn his first win since April 7th.
Several Runs Come In The Seventh
After being held scoreless for the first six innings of the game by White Sox starter Jesse Scholtens, the Brewers seemed to wake up in the seventh as they started to string together a nice offensive rally.
It started off with a walk by Mark Canha and a single by Andruw Monasterio. Following a quick flyout by Brice Turang, Tyrone Taylor’s 2-RBI double tied the game at 2-2 and led the White Sox to make a call to their bullpen.
With Taylor in scoring position, William Contreras officially took the lead with an RBI single.
Relievers Stay Unhittable
Following Woodruff’s extended effort, Hoby Milner followed things up with 1.1 innings of work, allowing no baserunners and striking out one. Elvis Peguero was brought into to deal with Eloy Jimenez and Devin Williams handled the ninth inning, recording his 28th save of the season. His changeup reached almost 3,000 rpm and warped space time, as per usual.
Freddy Peralta will face off against Dylan Cease in the final game of the series before the Brewers travel to Los Angeles to start a series against the Dodgers on Tuesday. While the Brewers are still leading the NL Central by 2.5 games, the Chicago Cubs have officially surpassed the Reds for second place as Cincinnati is now behind by 3.0 games.
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