Kinsler and Cabrera club solo homers, Tigers beat White Sox in rain shortened game 2-1

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The Detroit Tigers began a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Thursday afternoon. Mike Pelfrey was on the hill as he looked to put his previous start where he lasted just 1.2 innings, five ER on four hit and four free passes.

Pelfrey bounced back in a big way Thursday night, but the offense struggled again mightily. However, a pair of a solo home runs that gave Detroit their first lead came in a timely manner before the game was washed out through 6 1/2 innings. Tigers take Game 1, 2-1.


INNINGS 1 – 3

Both the Tigers and White Sox recorded a pair of base hits in the 1st inning but neither were able to capitalize. Detroit left two on base against White Sox starter James Shields, while Chicago left one after Pelfrey induced one of his patented ground ball double plays.

Detroit went down in order in the 2nd that was capped off by a tremendous play at shortstop by Tim Anderson, who nabbed Mike Aviles at first base to end the inning.

Two White Sox batters reached base on infield singles in the home half of the 2nd, but three fly ball outs from Pelfrey got the Tigers out of the inning unscathed.

The first two Tiger batters found there way on the base paths to start the 3rd, then a Victor Martinez intentional walk with two outs, loaded the bases for Detroit. Shields then struck out Castellanos with a change-up to end the inning. It was the second punch out for Nick in the game, he alone left three men on base at this point in the game.

Adam Eaton led off the bottom of the 3rd with his second hit of the game, a double to center field wall. Anderson singled home Eaton to put the White Sox on the board first. Pelfrey induced two more ground balls, one for a double play, to end the threat and limit the damage.
(THRU 3: CWS LEAD 1-0)


INNINGS 4 – 6

Both ball clubs went down in order in the 4th inning. In the 5th Ian Kinsler got the Tigers on the board with a solo shot to lead off the fifth inning, his 20th of the season. Cameron Maybin made a bid to have Detroit go back-to-back, but the ball died on the warning track in front of the right center field wall. Miguel Cabrera then belted a solo shot of his own to left center, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

Eaton reached base for a third time in the home half for Chicago with two outs, but nothing came of it.

The Tigers went down in order in the 6th. Shane Greene replaced Pelfrey with two on and one out in the bottom half. Greene would hit a batter to load the bases with White Sox, but then got J.B. Shuck to ground out to first, ending the scoring threat.
(THRU 6: DET LEADS 2-1)


INNINGS 7 – 9

The Tigers turned in a second consecutive 1-2-3 frame in the top half of the 7th. The tarp found its way onto the field heading in between innings with big storm was rolling into the Chicago area. The game would be called after roughly a two-hour rain delay, giving the Tigers a rain-aided 2-1 victory in Game 1 of this crucial four-game set on the South Side.

(FINAL – DET 2, CWS 1)


ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES

  • Mike Pelfrey now leads the major leagues with 23 induced double plays this season thus far.
  • With his solo home run in the fifth inning, Ian Kinsler now leads all MLB second baseman with 77 runs scored.

UP NEXT

The Tigers and White Sox will play Game 2 of the four-game series on Friday night when Michael Fulmer will toe the slab Detroit. Fulmer his last time out allowed just 2 ER over 8.0 innings of work in a 4-2 win over the Royals on July 17.