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Brewers' Fiers gets zero for his zeros vs Chisox
Sunday - 6/24/2012, 7:46pm EDT
CHICAGO (AP) - A no-decision left Michael Fiers in no mood to complain.
The Milwaukee starter pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, and the Brewers wound up losing 1-0 to the Chicago White Sox in the 10th on Sunday.
"It's OK. I've got to do my job and the runs we score is what we score," Fiers said. "If I get a loss, it doesn't matter to me. It's putting zeros up on the board and keeping my team in the game and getting a good result."
Fiers gave up six hits and struck out four in 7 1-3 innings, and appeared to get stronger as the game progressed.
"The first couple of innings were kind of off, but later on I felt as good as I ever had," he said. "I wasn't making pitches early on and I kind of beat myself. I was trying to pinpoint it too much, so I just throw the ball and let it work."
Chicago won when pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar's single off Manny Parra (0-2) scored Alejandro De Aza.
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said his team failed to take advantage of opportunities.
"We had plenty of chances. We're playing all these close ballgames and we're not doing little things to help us win games," he said. "We didn't make all these mistakes last year."
But he was satisfied with Fiers' effort.
"He threw a real good ball game," Roenicke said. "Mixed speeds up well. That was a great job by him."
The win moved the White Sox past Cleveland into the AL Central lead. Chicago also announced it had acquired All-Star infielder Kevin Youkilis and cash from Boston in a trade for infielder Brent Lillibridge and right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart.
De Aza opened the White Sox 10th with a double off Parra. Adam Dunn walked with one out and Escobar, batting for Lillibridge, singled.
Brian Bruney (1-0) walked two and struck out a pair in one inning.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana allowed six hits in eight innings, walking none and striking out four.
Despite the lack of scoring, the Brewers and White Sox each had chances.
Chicago executed an alert defensive play in the third when leadoff batter Norichika Aoki attempted to stretch a two-out double into a triple. Right fielder Alex Rios threw to second baseman Gordon Beckham, who made a nice relay to third baseman Orlando Hudson for the tag.
Hudson and Beckham both singled in the bottom of the third, but Dunn grounded out.
In the Brewers' fourth, Aramis Ramirez hit a two-out double and Corey Hart hit a drive to right field that a leaping Rios caught at the wall.
Chicago threatened in the sixth when Beckham singled, stole second and reached third on Dunn's deep fly. Paul Konerko struck out swinging to end the inning.
Fiers was pulled in the eighth with White Sox runners at second and third with one out. Reliever Francisco Rodriguez struck out Beckham and Dunn.
The Brewers had runners on first and second in the ninth but Addison Reed got a strikeout and pinch-runner Nyjer Morgan was caught trying to steal third base. The White Sox loaded the bases in the bottom half but Jose Veras got Hudson to pop out.
Bruney walked two in the 10th but coaxed an infield popup by Carlos Gomez to end the inning.
NOTES: Quintana's consecutive scoreless inning streak reached 16. He's now faced 97 consecutive batters without issuing a walk, the longest active streak in baseball. ... The White Sox ended 9-9 in interleague play while the Brewers closed at 6-12. ... The White Sox saluted the 40th anniversary of their 1972 AL West runner-up team in a pregame ceremony. That team went 87-67 and Dick Allen, the AL MVP, threw out the first pitch. ... It's been a frustrating run for manager Ron Roenicke and the Brewers, who haven't been above .500 since April. "Things just aren't clicking for us," he said. "Everything's just a little bit off."
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