Jimenez has had better nights
White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez’s first mistake on Christian Yelich’s game-tying inside-the-park home run was being tardy getting to what looked like an easy fly ball near the foul line. His next unfortunate gaffe was tumbling over the side wall into the netting.
And with that, Yelich circled the bases, sparking a four-run fifth inning that helped lift the Brewers to an 8-3 victory over the lackluster Sox on Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Left-hander Gio Gonzalez should have had two outs and nobody on protecting a 2-1 inning, but the inning unraveled from that point with a walk, a homer by Jedd Gyorko and an error by first baseman Jose Abreu, who stayed flat-footed on a high throw from shortstop Leury Garcia.
Before all that, it was Garcia’s night. He homered against Brewers starter Josh Lindblom — who struck out the first five hitters he faced — in the second inning to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. Garcia also made two consecutive nice plays in the fourth, and his RBI double in the ninth pushed across the Sox’ third run.
Gonzalez (7.71 ERA) pitched
4 ⅓ innings, allowing five runs (four earned), eight hits and three walks. He has yielded 10 earned runs and 20 hits in 11 ⅔ innings over three appearances.
Steve Cishek (11.57 ERA) hit two batters and walked two in a three-run Brewers eighth as the Sox (7-6) lost their second in a row.
“Today was not one of our better games,” manager Rick Renteria said.
Delmonico to Schaumburg, Madrigal to injured list
Second baseman Nick Madrigal officially landed on the 10-day injured list and outfielder Nicky Delmonico was optioned to the Sox’ Schaumburg training facility as rosters were reduced from 30 players to 28.
MLB’s original plan was to reduce rosters to 26 in two weeks, but rosters will stay at 28 because of health and safety issues related to the pandemic. Additionally, taxi squads will be increased from three to five players for the rest of the season.
Delmonico was 3-for-15 in May. Madrigal suffered a separated left shoulder on a slide Tuesday trying to advance from first to third on Luis Robert’s single.
“It was kind of a dumb play overall, but it was something I’ve done 100 times in my life — just kind of the competitiveness came out,” Madrigal said. “I was just trying to get there.”
Madrigal said the shoulder felt better Thursday.
“We’re taking it day by day, but I’m hoping I’m back on the field the next couple of weeks,” he said.
This and that
Nomar Mazara was hit by a pitch on his shin in the seventh inning and left the game. Renteria was hopeful that Edwin Encarnacion, out with inflammation around a joint his left shoulder, would be available this weekend. A starter hasn’t been named to fill Carlos Rodon’s spot in the rotation Saturday. A bullpen day is expected against the Indians. The scheduled Field of Dreams game between the Cardinals and Sox on Thursday, Aug. 13, will move to Friday, Aug. 14, at Guaranteed Rate Field beginning at 7:10 p.m. Indians manager Terry Francona, who has been sidelined by a gastrointenstinal problem, will miss the weekend series. Right-handed pitching prospect Andrew Dahlquist was added to the Schaumburg roster.
Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez bungles the play on an inside-the-park homer Thursday by the Brewers’ Christian Yelich.