The Game in a Nutshell
Well, the dream of a perfect exhibition season was set aflame thanks to four home runs from Milwaukee hitters. Christian Yelich’s love tap off of Carlos Rodón with two outs in the fifth was off the end of the bat and into a jetstream; the garrulous southpaw goofed on how good the ex-MVP’s contact was as he rounded third base. And in the seventh, Ben Gamel hit a ... home run? ... off of Dane Dunning that really needs to be seen to be believed:
With apologies to Luis Robert, who was terrific in center field once again, had a crushing double to left and another hard out in a 1-for-3, one-RBI night, Nicky Delmonico had a killer game at the perfect time. Steaks may have assured himself a roster spot with a strong game in right field, gunning down Jedd Gyorko at home plate from right field and going 1-for-3 with this rip into right field:
Keston Hiura is really, really good. The second baseman went 2-for-3 and launched a rocket homer in the game. Definite runner-up goes to Milwaukee starter Adrian Houser, who had a very strong start at just one earned over 4 ⅔ innings and five Ks.
Magic Number: 0
There are no practice games left!
“You kind of just say screw it...”—Carlos Rodón, contrasting his feelings about pitching inside to his own team in intrasquad vs. letting it rip vs. Milwaukee tonight.
First Look: Friday
It’s Opening Day, as Lucas Giolito takes the mound hosting AL Central favorite Minnesota. José Berríos takes the mound against Chicago and went 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA vs. the White Sox in 2019. Giolito was 2-2 with a 3.24 ERA vs. the Twinkies last year. So it could be quite a game score dandy at Sox Park!