AJ Hinch addresses late Detroit Tigers collapse vs. White Sox

Things were working perfectly well for the Detroit Tigers against the Chicago White Sox on the South Side on Saturday night – until they weren’t.

The host White Sox rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Tigers thanks to Yoan Moncada’s two-run home run off Kyle Funkhouser in the bottom of the eighth inning.

“They just found some ways to move the ball forward and do some things,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “We didn’t make great pitches and they had their best at-bats of the night in the seventh inning or later. That’s why they’re a good team.”

However, lost in the sting of the loss was the performance of Matt Manning. He finishes his season with a 5.80 ERA, 33 walks and 57 strikeouts over 85⅓ innings.

“Great way to finish his season,” Hinch said. “He did a tremendous job tonight. He had his best fastball, had a really good slider, had command. He attacked those guys. He also pitched out of some bad counts and a few runners on base. I was very proud of him because he kept his emotions in check and gave his best stuff out there.”

The Tigers conclude their 2021 season this afternoon with their last matchup of the year against the White Sox.

– – Quotes via The Detroit Free Press Link – –