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Chi White Sox0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3100
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 272
  W: L. Giolito (1-1)   L: D. Williams (0-1)   S: A. Colomé (3)
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White Sox look to hang another loss on Brewers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The White Sox started the season 1-4, but have reeled off four wins in a row, including a three-game sweep at Kansas City over the weekend. The Sox have 35 hits in their last two games, most by any team in a 2-game span this season (second most is 26 by Boston in its first two games of the season).
  2. The Brewers have not played since Wednesday (had a scheduled off day on Thursday and 3-game series vs. StL postponed over the weekend due to Covid-19 positive tests for several Cardinals). The Brewers have 28 hits and four home runs in their three wins this season; just 11 hits and one home run in their three losses.
  3. Since 2000, the White Sox and Brewers have met in interleague play six different times, and Chicago has won all six series with a 14-4 record overall.
  4. Luis Robert has 13 hits in his first nine major league games. Robert's 13 hits are the most by a White Sox rookie through the team's first nine games of a season since 1951 (Jim Busby -- 17 hits).
  5. Keston Hiura went just 1-for-12 with five K's in the Brewers' season-opening series at the Cubs, but rebounded by going 5-for-11 with two HR and five RBI (and only 1 K) against the Pirates in Milwaukee's last series. Hiura's 21 home runs through 90 career games are second most in Brewers history (Ryan Braun -- 27).
  6. Carlos Rodon will make his second start of the season after getting beat up in Cleveland in his first start (3.2 IP, 5 R). Brett Anderson is set to make his Milwaukee debut. He is 2.2 innings away from 1000 for his career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/5/2020 thru 8/4/2020

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has consistently beamed about the team's potential in recent seasons, always promising a resurgence was on the way.

With the White Sox toting a six-game winning streak into Wednesday's interleague home game against the Milwaukee Brewers -- fueled by Abreu's leadership and a young, jelling core -- that optimism has remained close at hand.

"It's always good to be around this team we have right now, this group," Abreu told reporters through an interpreter. "A lot of energy and passion that motivates you more every day."

Still, the seventh-year veteran cautions the White Sox to remain diligent as they push for the team's first postseason berth in more than a decade.

While early August typically signifies the beginning of the stretch run during most baseball seasons, it merely falls at the start of a 60-game sprint in this one.

"We can't get too comfortable," Abreu said. "We need to do our job and keep working because we need to get more results. This is no time, by any means, to get comfortable and think we are a finished product. We need to keep working."

Chicago earned a sweep of the first leg of this week's encounter with the Brewers, defeating Milwaukee 3-2 at Miller Park on Tuesday after Monday's 6-4 win.

The pair of games -- the Brewers' first contests at home this season -- marked the first action for Milwaukee since July 29, as the team's scheduled series against the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous weekend was postponed because the Cardinals were grappling with a coronavirus outbreak amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's nice to have a routine," Brewers pitcher Brett Anderson said. "But the way 2020 is going, you kind of have to be comfortable being uncomfortable."

Losers of three of their last four, the Brewers will look to right-hander Adrian Houser to help slow the streaking White Sox.

Houser (0-0, 1.80 ERA) is aiming to build on a solid start against the White Sox on July 22 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, when he scattered one run and two hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 77-pitch exhibition tune-up two days before Opening Day.

Houser has not faced the White Sox during the regular season and is 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA in seven career interleague appearances, including four starts.

Seeking to continue his hot start, White Sox lefty Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 3.38 ERA) is set to get the call for Chicago.

Keuchel has allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings in each of his first two outings this season, but traditionally has struggled against the Brewers, pitching to an 0-4 record and 8.75 ERA in five career starts.

Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk Tuesday and is batting .088 for the season. Center fielder Avisail Garcia, who played for the White Sox, has four hits and three RBIs in his past three games.

Meanwhile, Chicago is clicking behind the top of its order. With usual leadoff man Tim Anderson on the injured list with a right groin strain, the White Sox Nos. 1-4 hitters -- Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada, Abreu and Yasmani Grandal -- are batting a combined .403 (29-for-72) with three home runs and 14 RBIs in the past four games.

Chicago second baseman Nick Madrigal and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, who both left Tuesday's game with left shoulder soreness, are set to be evaluated Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 5, 2020

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