The White Sox have gotten off to a good start in the month of June with a series win over the NL-Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.
It took the White Sox 11 games in May to get two wins. In April, it took the Sox nine games to get two wins. In June, the Sox only needed three games to get two wins.
On Friday, the Sox defeated the Brewers by a score of 8-3. Saturday, the Sox lost by a score of 0-5. But, they recovered nicely and beat the Brew Crew 6-1 on Sunday.
Highlights from Friday
There were several highlights to the weekend series, but none more heartfelt than Danny Farquhar‘s appearance Friday. He threw the first pitch alongside his wife and children. The men and women who helped him at the hospital were behind him as he took the mound.
It was a touching moment that certainly motivated the team to get its first win of the month. And, against a tough team.
Friday’s game did not start out in the Sox favor until the bottom of the third. At this point in the game, the Brewers were up 3-0, but by the end of the inning, the game was tied. And, the Sox went on to score five more runs, cementing the win. All it took were several timely singles and walks. The bullpen also contributed to the win by not giving up any hits or runs.
Reflecting on Saturday
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Saturday’s game did not go as well. The Sox could not score a run, but the Brewers could and did. James Shields pitched seven innings and gave up three runs. Jace Fry was responsible for the other two after giving up a walk and a home run. Aaron Bummer closed the game and held the Brewers, but by that time it was too late.
Sunday was a much better day
The Sox pulled everything together and played strong on Sunday. The pitching was rock solid and the hitting was, too. The teams remained tied until the bottom of the sixth (noticing a pattern here?) when Daniel Palka and Adam Engel hit back-to-back jacks. Palka earned an extra RBI on his dinger because Yolmer Sanchez did what he does and got on base.
Dylan Covey was outstanding, giving up only one run off of four hits. He struck out seven batters in five innings. But, it was the bullpen that was truly magical. Chris Volstad earned the win. Joakim Soria and Jace Fry were awarded holds and Chris Beck closed out the game.
The Sox have a day off on Monday. They head out of town for a four-game road trip against the Twins. Then, they head to Boston for the weekend.