After a tie and two close wins, the White Sox ended a positive streak with a big loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Interestingly, nearly all of the runs were scored on the starting pitchers of both teams, but Carson Fulmer clearly struggled the most.
The remaining exhibition schedule
This loss puts the Sox back to .500 with a 9-9 record. On the other hand, the Brewers have had a successful Spring Training. They left the game with a 13-6 record. At this point in the exhibition schedule, there are only 12 games left. The final one on the other side of the country in Charlotte, North Carolina against the minor league Triple-A Charlotte Knights on March 26. The Sox play the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day in Kansas City. The Sox open at home on April 5 against the Detroit Tigers.
Trouble on the mound
Wednesday’s game against the Brewers featured Carson Fulmer on the mound. He faced what appears to be the Opening Day lineup of the Brewers and they had a field day against the young Sox pitcher scoring seven runs in the first two innings. Ryan Braun homered off of Fulmer’s first pitch of the game, setting the tone. Making matters worse, Braun hit a second home run in the second at-bat. Unfortunately, the Brewers loaded the bases prior to his second dinger of the day. Fulmer only lasted 1.2 innings, but the damage was done as seven earned runs were added to his stats.
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The relief pitchers slowed the bleeding. Robbie Ross and Chris Volstad still have ERA’s of 0.00 after each pitching an inning. Brian Clark gave up one hit. But, in the last three innings, Gregory Infante gave up a run, Chris Beck gave up two, and Connor Walsh gave up one.
Limited hits with runs in one inning
The Sox brought a good lineup to the game, too. But, they just couldn’t overcome the Brewers early lead. No Sox homered today and only Matt Skole, the DH for the day, hit the only extra-base hit, a lead-off double in the sixth. He made it all the way to third, but no one knocked him in.
The Sox give it another try Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Lucas Giolito will face off against Parker Bridwell at 8:10 PM CT. If the big boys are on the roster, there could be some offense from the Sox. Jose Abreu has a batting average of .667 against Bridwell and Avisail Garcia has a .500 average against him.