The Detroit Tigers were looking to take the three-game series from the Chicago White Sox in Wednesday afternoon’s contest. Anibal Sanchez looked to turn in a solid start and assist with keeping the Tigers in the thick of things regarding the playoff picture. Sanchez went five innings, scattered eight hits, gave up three runs and struck out three in his effort. Detroit’s offense plated three runs in the second inning and got a clutch hit in the seventh inning to put them ahead by a run. However, the bullpen faltered in the bottom of the eighth, which lead to the ‘South Siders’ earning a come from behind victory over the Tigers to take two out of three games.
1st-3rd Innings: Jose Quintana needed just six pitches to get the Tigers 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning. Melky Cabrera knocked home Tim Anderson with an RBI double to put the White Sox on the scoreboard first.
The first four batters for Detroit registered a hit in the top of the second inning, which was capped off by a Justin Upton three-run home run to put the Tigers on the board and in the lead. Sanchez set down Chicago 1-2-3 to end the second. Game tied at 3.
4th-6th Innings: Victor Martinez led off the top of the fourth inning with a single for the Tigers. V-Mart tried to stretch the single into a double, but was unsuccessful. On top of it, he limped off the field favoring his knee. The White Sox got two runners on base, but nothing further to end the fourth.
Detroit went down in order in the top of the fifth inning. Chicago put two runners on-base for the second straight inning, but were unable to plate either one of them to end the fifth.
The Tigers couldn’t muster any runs in the top of the sixth inning. Bruce Rondon replaced Sanchez on the mound for Detroit to begin the bottom half of the sixth. Rondon set the White Sox down 1-2-3 to end the sixth. Game tied at 3.
7th-9th Innings: The Tigers mirrored Chicago in the top of the seventh inning when they got two runners on-base. Jose Iglesias laced a pitch to left field that ended up going for a ground-rule double and gave Detroit the lead. Alex Wilson replaced Rondon to begin the bottom of the seventh. Wilson set down Chicago in order to end the seventh.
The Tigers fell victim to an inning ending double play in their half of the eighth inning. Shane Greene replaced Wilson to begin the bottom of the eighth. Greene gave up a lead-off single to Jose Abreu, soon followed by a Justin Morneau double that plated Abreu, tying the game up once again. Avisail Garcia then plated the go-ahead run with a single. Justin Wilson replaced Greene for the Tigers. Wilson gave up two RBI singles that put the White Sox ahead by three runs. Mark Lowe replaced Wilson for Detroit. Lowe walked a batter that loaded the bases, but ultimately stopped the bleeding and officially ended the eighth.
David Robertson surrendered a lead-off walk to begin the ninth inning followed by a single, but that’s all Detroit could muster in their comeback effort. He recorded his 35th save of the season to seal the victory for the White Sox. Chicago wins 7-4.
With his strikeout of Avisail Garcia in the 6th inning, Bruce Rondon now has 100 strikeouts in his major league career.
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) September 7, 2016
The Tigers will have an off-day tomorrow before heading back to Comerica Park for a crucial three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Michael Fulmer will toe the slab for Detroit in game one.