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Miggy goes 4-for-4, plates two in 7th to give Tigers 7-5 win over White Sox

After needing just 6 1/2 innings on Thursday night to defeat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 thanks to Mother Nature, the Detroit Tigers turned to rookie sensation Michael Fulmer who has been nothing short of excellent in 2016.

He opposes former No. 1 pick of the Tigers Jacob Turner, making his second start of the season after allowing 8 ER over just 4.0 innings of work last Sunday in a loss to the Angels.

On a night where Fulmer was not as crisp as he has been over his last ten outings, Detroit finally scores in bunches and some late-inning, history-making magic from Miguel Cabrera was the difference in a 7-5 Tigers victory.


INNINGS 1 – 3

The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the top half of the 1st after a double by Cabrera and walks to Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos, but Justin Upton struck out with some very questionable called strikes during the at-bat.

Chicago would strike first in the home half. An error by Jose Iglesias allowed Tim Anderson to reach safely. He came around to score two batters later on a single from Jose Abreu, making it 1-0 White Sox. Fulmer got out of the inning with no further damage with a ground ball double play.

Both teams went down in order in the 2nd inning, Fulmer needing just seven pitches in his frame. Detroit got on the board in the 3rd three times. A double by Cameron Maybin scored Ian Kinsler to tie it up a 1-1, an error by the right fielder Adam Eaton allowed Maybin to advance to third. After Cabrera walked, a wild pitch from Jacob Turner allowed Maybin to score and give Detroit a 2-1 lead, Cabrera to second. Castellanos singled two batters later allowing Cabrera to score, making it 3-1 Tigers.

Fulmer allowed a double and a base on balls in the home half of the 3rd but preserved the 3-1 lead for the Tigers.
(THRU 3: DET LEADS 3-1)


INNINGS 4 – 6

Detroit really made Turner work in the 4th. A one-out single by Kinsler and a walk to Maybin signaled the end of his night after just 3.1 IP and 101 pitches thrown. After an infield single from Cabrera off new White Sox pitcher Matt Albers, it was Martinez flying out to center and allowing Kinsler to score, making it 4-1 Tigers.

Fulmer put the Sox down in order in the home half, inducing two ground ball outs in the process. Albers recorded an out of Upton to lead off the top half of the 5th before Dan Jennings replaced him. The only base runner was Jarrod Saltalamacchia reaching on a throwing error by Anderson.

Chicago got to Fulmer in the home half of the 5th. With two outs and runners on the corners, Abreu doubled in a run to make it 4-2 Detroit and then it was former Twin and still Tiger killer Justin Morneau taking Fulmer deep to right for a three-run home run, giving Chicago a 5-4 lead.

In the top half of the 6th, Jennings was relieved by Tommy Kanhle. He allowed a two-out double to Cabrera and intentionally walked Martinez, his second such IBB of the night, but escaped the jam after Castellanos flew out to right. Kyle Ryan relieved Fulmer in the home half of the 6th and surrendered just a two-out walk.
(THRU 6: CWS LEAD 5-4)


INNINGS 7 – 9

White Sox rookie reliever Carson Fulmer (no relation) came on to pitch the 7th and promptly loaded the bases after a walk to Upton, a single by Tyler Collins and a walk to Salty. The next batter, Iglesias grounded into a 6-5 fielder’s choice to get Collins out at third but Upton scored to tie it at 5-5.

A ground ball to short off the bat of Kinsler cut down the would-be go-ahead run at home. After a four-pitch walk to Maybin, in came new reliever Nate Jones. First batter up, Cabrera singled up the middle to plate two and re-claim the lead for the Tigers, 7-5. Jones would then get Martinez looking at strike three to end the threat and limit the damage.

Alex Wilson came on to pitch the 8th for the Tigers. He got the first two outs before allowing an infield hit to Abreu on a ball hit to Iglesias. Manager Brad Ausmus then turned to Justin Wilson to face the lefty Morneau, inducing a ground ball to end the inning.

Both teams stranded base hits in the 8th inning. Zach Duke needed just five pitches for Chicago in the top half, while Justin Wilson stayed on to pitch in the home half for Detroit.

Duke came on for a second inning of work and again stranded one base runner. Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez came on for another save opportunity in the home half hoping to get that bad taste from Wednesday out of his mouth. He did so, striking out two as part of his 1-2-3 9th for save No. 27, preserving a 7-5 win for Detroit.


ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES

UP NEXT

Game 3 of this four-game series continues at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday. The Tigers will give the ball to Matt Boyd, who has allowed just one ER on seven hits over his last two starts (11.0 IP).

He opposes a tough customer in White Sox ace and AL Cy Young contender Chris Sale, who tossed eight shutout innings his last time out on Monday against Seattle. It’ll be the third time Sale is facing Detroit this year (1-1, 4.73 ERA in first two starts).

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