Wednesday evening the Tigers looked to push their 7-game winning streak to 8. The Tigers sent Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.50 ERA) to the hill, squaring off against the ace of the White Sox, Chris Sale (14-4, 3.17 ERA).
INNINGS 1 – 3
It was a pitchers duel for the first three frames. Fulmer gave n up three hits to the White Sox, but kept them off the board, while Sale struck out the first four batters that he faced, after giving up a single to Ian Kinsler. Fulmer held the Sox off the board, getting them 1-2-3 in the third. Sale held the offense quiet through three innings.
(THRU 3: GAME TIED 0-0)
INNINGS 4 – 6
Miguel Cabrera led off the fourth inning with a double off Sale, Victor Martinez walked, and Nick Castellanos doubled home Miggy to break the tie. Fulmer shut the door on the White Sox through six, racking up four strikeouts in the process. Sale pitched clean frames in the fifth and six.
(THRU 6: DET LEADS 1-0)
INNINGS 7 – 9
Justin Morneau belted a solo shot to right field in the top of the seventh to tie the game at one apiece. After allowing two more runners on base via a walk and hit batter, Shane Greene came in for Fulmer and struck out Dioner Navarro to end the threat. Fresh off the DL, JD Martinez pinch-hit in the bottom of the eighth and homered on the first pitch. Francisco Rodriguez loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and got Navarro to ground out to end the game.
(FINAL SCORE – DET 2, CWS 1)
WATCH: J.D. Martinez enters the game and destroys the baseball, welcome back J.D.
That's a heck of a way to return, J.D. Martinez. https://t.co/YtZkeWbmVi
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) August 4, 2016
ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES
Shane Greene has inherited 11 runners this season (including those two). Zero have scored.
— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) August 4, 2016
Michael Fulmer now has a 2.42 ERA — the second lowest by a #Tigers pitcher since 1920 through 17 career starts (Mark Fidrych 1.92).
— Hardball Stats (@HardballStats) August 4, 2016
J.D. Martinez (@Tigers): 3 career HR vs Chris Sale, his most vs any pitcher
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 4, 2016
Francisco Rodriguez is making his 900th career appearance. He is the 25th pitcher in MLB history to appear in 900-or-more games.
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) August 4, 2016