Starting Pitcher: Corbin Burnes - 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 107 pitches, 62 strikes (57.9%)
Home Runs: Victor Caratini (6)
Top 3 WPA: Abner Uribe (.441), Mark Canha (.281), William Contreras (.179)
Bottom 3 WPA: Corbin Burnes (-.251), Brice Turang (-.194), Andruw Monasterio (-.186)
Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)
Burnes Tosses A Wild One
Prior to this game, Burnes had been having a spectacular second half, posting a 1.69 ERA over 32.0 innings pitched. It seemed like he had finally gotten over his early season struggles and managed to find his old self. The White Sox derailed the hype train a little bit, scoring runs in three of his 5.2 innings pitched.
Things started to get out of hand almost immediately with Burnes conceding a walk, three consecutive singles, and a sacrifice fly to give the White Sox two early runs. A subsequent wild pitch moved two more runners into scoring position but he was able to strike out Trayce Thompson to escape the inning.
The damage continued in the third inning where a 2-RBI home run by Eloy Jimenez gave Chicago a 4-2 lead.
After a single by Andrew Vaughn, Burnes had yet another wild pitch and walked Yasmani Grandal before getting a much needed double play to end the third. His final earned run would come by way of an RBI single by Tim Anderson in the fourth inning.
Burnes clearly had some control issues, failing to find his spots in the strike zone and allowing runners to advance on poorly placed pitches.
Have No Fear, The Offense Is Here
Despite a rough pitching start, Milwaukee was able to fight back with some strong offense of their own. The Brewers actually struck first off of an RBI single by William Contreras that scored Christian Yelich. Heading into the second inning with a 2-1 deficit, Victor Caratini led off with a home run to center field to tie the game.
In the fifth inning, the Brewers hit three consecutive singles to score their third and fourth runs of the game and knocked out White Sox starter Michael Kopech.
Still down 5-4 in the sixth inning, the Brewers strung together another four consecutive singles to score two runs and take a 6-5 lead. There was also a little help from a bad throw by pitcher Aaron Bummer.
While there weren’t many extra base hits, the Brewers were able to string together a total of 11 hits and seven walks, a significant improvement over their usually lackadaisical offense.
Bullpen Takes It To Extras
Elvis Peguero was the first name out of the bullpen, taking on 1.1 innings of relief. He would allow the White Sox to tie the game at 6-6 following a groundout by Andrew Vaughn that allowed Eloy Jimenez to score from third.
Joel Payamps and Devin Williams would lock down the eighth and ninth innings without allowing any runs. Payamps would walk two batters and notch just one strikeout but he’d get some fielding help from Sal Frelick who made this outstanding play in foul territory.
Williams was dominant as per usual, striking out all three of his batters faced.
In the tenth inning, the Brewers needed just one hit off the bat of Mark Canha, an RBI double, to take a one-run lead. It was his only plate appearance of the game as he was pinch-hitting for Joey Wiemer.
To close the show, Abner Uribe recorded his first career save, getting a flyout and two groundouts to seal the deal for Milwaukee.
The Brewers continue their series against the White Sox with Brandon Woodruff facing off against righty Jesse Scholtens. The Brewers currently maintain a divisional lead of 2.5 games over the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds.
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