Rapid Reaction: Brewers 1, Sox 0
June, 22, 2012
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Milwaukee Brewers' 1-0 win over Chicago White Sox in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday.
How it happened: The Brewers broke a scoreless tie in the 10th inning when Rickie Weeks singled to drive in Nyjer Morgan from third base. Morgan had been pinch-running for Aramis Ramirez, who led the inning off with a double. White Sox reliever Jesse Crain picked up the loss. White Sox starter Chris Sale and Brewers starter Zack Greinke displayed why they’ve been two of the top pitchers in baseball this season. Sale allowed four hits, no runs and one walk and struck out seven hitters in eight innings. Greinke carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and allowed three hits, no runs and one walk in nine innings. The White Sox didn’t have a runner advance past first base the entire game.
What it means: The White Sox’s inconsistencies continue. They haven’t won two consecutive games since doing so on May 30-June 1. They’ve now dropped 11 of their last 16 games. They’re also 1-5 in extra-inning games and 7-11 in one-run games.
Outside the box: Paul Konerko's average dropped under .350 Friday for the first time since May 15. His average rose all the way to .399 on May 29 and has slowly been on the decline. He went 0-for-4 on Friday, and he’s now hitting .348, which does still lead the American League.
Play(s) of the game: White Sox third baseman Orlando Hudson showed off his hops when he leaped to catch a liner by Norichika Aoki in the ninth inning. A play later, Hudson fielded a grounder to his left, spun and threw out Carlos Gomez at first base.
Up next: Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 3.52) will start for the White Sox on Saturday, and the Brewers will counter with Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.11).