MILWAUKEE — The White Sox’s depth is going to be tested again this season.
Stop us if you’ve heard this before.
After losing starting pitchers Reynaldo Lopez and Carlos Rodon and shortstop Tim Anderson to injuries in the first 10 games, the Sox suffered a couple more blows Tuesday night in Milwaukee in a 3-2 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.
Injuries to rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion put a damper on an otherwise successful night as the Sox won their sixth straight game and finished their first road trip with a 6-2 record.
Madrigal, who made his major-league debut Friday in Kansas City, injured his left shoulder in the third while trying to advance from first to third base on Luis Robert’s single to center. Madrigal was thrown out by center fielder Avisail Garcia, and his wrist slammed into the infield dirt on the slide. He clutched his arm in obvious pain as he walked to the dugout and immediately came out of the game.
The Sox reported on Twitter that Madrigal would be examined in Chicago on Wednesday.
One inning later, Encarnacion hurt his left shoulder on a swing while reaching base on an infield hit. He stayed in the rest of the inning but left the game with shoulder soreness.
And when Yoan Moncada made a long stride to first while trying to beat out a hit in the fifth, the star third baseman walked gingerly back to the dugout before staying in the game.
“Pretty soon Hawkeye and B.J. Honeycutt are going to be in the dugout,” Sox announcer Jason Benetti joked, referring to the physicians from the TV show “M*A*S*H.”
Lucas Giolito, making his third start, threw six strong innings for the win, striking out nine and allowing only four hits.
Jose Abreu, who hit a game-tying, seventh-inning home run in Monday’s win, came up with another clutch hit Tuesday, a two-out, RBI single in the seventh to bring home Danny Mendick, who had reached on Eric Sogard’s throwing error.
After Abreu gave the Sox the lead, Aaron Bummer, Jimmy Cordero and Alex Colome combined for three scoreless innings to finish it off as the Sox improved to 7-4.
Colome faced Ben Gamel with two outs in the ninth and the tying and winning runs on second and third and induced a groundout to first for the save.
Giolito was coming off a brilliant start in Cleveland in which he threw six scoreless innings in a no-decision. After giving up a leadoff double to Sogard in the first, he didn’t allow another hit until Logan Morrison’s double starting the fifth.
Morrison advanced on a nice running catch by an outstretched Nomar Mazara in right before Gamel grabbed hold of a first-pitch changeup from Giolito and deposited it in the right-field stands to break a scoreless tie.
But the Sox came back against Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff the next inning. After Yasmani Grandal singled up the middle leading off, Eloy Jimenez homered to deep center on a slider, tying the score at 2-2 and setting up another Sox comeback win.
The Sox have won six straight for the first time since April 23-29, 2017, and earned their first six-game winning streak on the road since July 23-29, 2015.
The Brewers come to Sox Park on Wednesday for a two-game series on a homestand that includes a weekend series against the Indians.
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