The Detroit Tigers had a great comeback win to beat the Chicago White Sox in the opening game of this three game set in Chicago. Matt Boyd was on the mound in Game 2 to face Miguel Gonzalez. Boyd has been terrific year for the Tigers with a record of 5-2 and a 4.00 ERA.
Detroit began the evening tied with the Baltimore Orioles for a Wild Card spot and 4.5 games behind the first place Cleveland Indians.
Detroit was unable to get anything going offensively during the first three frames. Boyd gave up a few hits, but, was able to minimize the damage for the most part. The only blemish was a lead off solo home run by Jose Abreu in the 2nd inning.
(THRU 3: CHICAGO LEADS 1-0.)
Gonzalez continued his hot night on the bump retiring Tigers hitter after hitter. Chicago was able to extend their lead after an RBI single from Omar Navaraez.
(THRU 6: CHICAGO LEADS 2-0)
The Tigers finally got to Gonzalez in the 7th inning and were able to load the bases. However, White Sox relievers struck out JaCoby Jones and Cameron Maybin to end the scoring threat. Matt Boyd finished the night after the 7th inning giving up 8 hits, 2 earned runs, 6 strike outs, and 1 walk. Buck Farmer pitched the 8th inning for Detroit. He gave up 2 walks, but, was able to get out of the inning with no damage. J.D. Martinez led off the 9th inning with an infield single and Erick Aybar was able to draw a walk, but, Detroit was unable to manage a late game comeback this time.
(FINAL SCORE: CHICAGO 2, DETROIT 0)
ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES
Miguel Gonzalez vs. Tigers…
Before tonight: 1-4, 9.00 ERA, 30 IP, 49 H, 30 ER, .380 BAA.
Tonight: 6.1 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K.
— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) September 7, 2016
Tonight was the 10th time the #Tigers were shut out this season (1 more than last year). Eight of those on the road.
— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) September 7, 2016
Detroit and Chicago close out this series tomorrow afternoon. Anibal Sanchez will be on the mound for the Tigers. Sanchez will be pitching with something to prove as Jordan Zimmermann is due back from injury soon. After a travel day on Thursday, the Orioles will visit Comerica Park for a very important weekend series with Wild Card implications.