White Sox spoil Brewers home opener, 6-4; Shelby Miller opts out
MILWAUKEE (AP) — José Abreu hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning, Leury Garcia scored on a wild pitch in the eighth and Yoan Moncada added a solo shot in the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox over Milwaukee 6-4 in the Brewers’ belated home opener Monday night.
Milwaukee was set to open Miller Park for a weekend series against St. Louis, but that was postponed after numerous Cardinals tested positive for the coronavirus. The Brewers had been idle since Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Chicago has won five straight, all on the road. Starter Carlos Rodón was pulled after two innings with left shoulder soreness, but Ross Detwiler (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Alex Colomé worked the ninth for his second save.
Nomar Mazara, reinstated from the injured list before the game, moved Garcia to third with a pinch-hit single in the sixth off David Phelps (1-1). Phelps walked Nick Madrigal on a wild pitch that allowed Garcia to score.
Moncada connected off Corey Knebel leading off the ninth.
Avisaíl Garcia doubled, singled and drove in three for Milwaukee. His two-out single off Steve Cishek with the bases loaded in the fifth gave Milwaukee a 4-2 lead.
Ben Gamel added a two-out RBI single in the sixth for Milwaukee.
Rodón will be re-evaluated Tuesday. He allowed one run and three hits in his second start of the season. He threw 26 pitches, 22 strikes, as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery in May 2019.
The White Sox scored in the first on a fielder’s choice by Abreu and a sacrifice fly by Yasmani Grandal.
Leury Garcia went 3 for 4 with three singles for Chicago.
Starter Brett Anderson was reinstated from the 10-day injured list with a blister on his left index finger before the game and made his Brewers’ debut. The 32-year-old lefty allowed two runs and five hits in three innings.
OF/1B Ryan Braun was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 30, with an infected right index finger.
MILLER OPTS OUT
RHP Shelby Miller, an eight-year veteran, surprised Brewers manager Craig Counsell by opting out of the remainder of the 2020 season. CF Lorenzo Cain made the same decision on Saturday.
White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (0-1, 6.52 ERA) makes his third start of the season, second on the road and first against the National League. He is 1-6 with a 6.96 ERA during interleague play, including 1-3 with a 7.57 ERA in five starts on the road.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 1.59 ERA) looks to build on beating the Pirates 3-0 on Wednesday when he allowed one hit in 6 1/3 innings. He has never faced the White Sox.
Counsell says bench coach Pat Murphy has been released from the hospital after suffering a heart attack during a team workout Saturday.
Brewers general manager David Stearns said Sunday that Murphy received a stent at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee and was resting comfortably.
“It was a scary day,” Counsell said on Monday before the Brewers’ game with the Chicago White Sox.
Counsell said Murphy sat down while the team was practicing infield defense and wasn’t feeling well. Trainer Rafael Freitas was nearby and escorted Murphy to the clubhouse, where he met with team physician, Dr. Mark Niefeldt.
“Niedfeldt was in the building fortunately and diagnosed what was going on, and we got him to the hospital,” Counsell said.
Milwaukee doesn’t plan to bring in an additional staff member while Murphy recovers.
“I guess the way I’d look at it is when I was driving home from the hospital on Saturday night after seeing him, you think to yourself, ‘Man, this is a great day because my friend just had a heart attack and I just got to go see him and he’s out of the procedure, he’s doing pretty good and the doctors are giving him a good diagnosis,’ “ said Counsell, who played for Murphy at Notre Dame from 1989-92.