Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 23th
(All times eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (33-37) at Chicago White Sox (36-34), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.11)
Chicago - Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 3.52)
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers will try to win their third straight
game this afternoon when they take on the Chicago White Sox in the second
game of a weekend series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Friday night's matchup was a classic pitchers' duel, with the teams scoreless
after nine innings. The Brewers capitalized in the top of the 10th with
a Rickie Weeks RBI single and captured the 1-0 win.
Zack Greinke (8-2) pitched nine shutout innings in the victory, allowing just
three hits and one walk. It was a huge performance for the right-hander, as he
has notoriously struggled on the road, coming into the contest with a 4.96 ERA
away from Miller Park.
"I felt better as the game went on," Greinke said. "I was a little off and on
early. Got some breaks. Some line drives hit at people and then I kind of
settle in a bit."
John Axford bounced back from a blown save on Tuesday to earn his 13th save of
Chris Sale continued his fantastic season, matching Greinke pitch-for-pitch,
allowing just four hits, one walk, and no earned runs in eight innings of work
while striking out seven. His 2.24 ERA is tops in the American League.
Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth inning before Jesse Crain (1-1) gave up
the go-ahead run in the tenth.
It was the seventh time this season that the White Sox have been shut out.
The Brewers will send Randy Wolf to the mound this afternoon, as he attempts
to bring down his inflated 5.11 ERA and win his first game since April 30.
The southpaw has been pitching better of late, allowing three earned runs or
fewer in four of his last six starts. He struggled on Monday in a 7-6 loss to
the Blue Jays, however, surrendering eight hits and four earned runs in 6 2/3
innings of work.
Despite being a 14-year veteran, Wolf has only faced the White Sox twice
before, sporting an 0-1 record with a 5.40 ERA in 10 innings.
The White Sox will answer with righty Dylan Axelrod, who will be starting in
place of the injured Philip Humber. Humber was placed on the disabled list
Friday with a right elbow flexor strain.
Axelrod, who made his major league debut last season, appeared in three games
for the White Sox earlier this year and lost his only start to Detroit on May
6. He had been 5-4 with a 3.18 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 68 innings at Triple-
"It's an opportunity for me to do what I've done and prove myself for a little
bit of an extended time," said Axelrod.
06/23 10:28:11 ET