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UPDATE: White Sox defeat Tigers 4-3 after play resumes following last night’s rain

The last time the Detroit Tigers faced Saturday’s scheduled starter for the White Sox Chris Sale, they tagged him for three runs over seven innings back on June 15 en route to a 5-3 victory.

Sale and Detroit’s starter Matt Boyd were slated to oppose one another on Saturday. However, a bizarre situation in the White Sox clubhouse that was described as a non-physical incident involving Sale, just hours before first pitch, led to Sale being scratched from his start. Chicago turned to reliever Matt Albers in what would be another bullpen-heavy game for the Sox again after using six arms out of the pen on Friday.

The White Sox got solid outings from a host of relievers in Saturday’s rain-filled divisional bout. However, the outcome of the game has been pushed back until Sunday afternoon after the game was delayed more than an hour prior to the 9th inning. Here is what has happened through the first eight frames.


INNINGS 1 – 3

Detroit got on the board early in the 1st. Cameron Maybin singled with one out, stole second during the next at-bat and reached third safely after a throwing error from the catcher. Miguel Cabrera grounded out to short allowing Maybin to score and make it 1-0 Tigers. It would be the only run they score in the 1st.

Matt Boyd hit Chicago lead-off man Adam Eaton to start the bottom half but promptly induced a ground ball double play from Tim Anderson and got Melky Cabrera to fly out to end the inning.

After the Tigers went 1-2-3 in the 2nd, Chicago got on the board and took their first lead of the game. Todd Frazier scored on a sacrifice fly from Avisail Garcia to tie it up. Frazier reached base earlier in the inning on a two-base fielding error by Nick Castellanos and advanced to third on an infield single by Tyler Saladino. The next batter, Saladino stole second and Dioner Navarro doubled him in to make it 2-1 Sox.

The game was delayed by a little over an hour due to rain for a second time after first pitch was pushed back about ten minutes at the start.

Albers was done after two innings and in came Dan Jennings. He loaded the bases up with one out in the 3rd but got Miguel Cabrera to strike out and Victor Martinez to line out to Frazier at third. Boyd in the home half struck out two and stranded a two-out single from Melky Cabrera.
(THRU 3: CWS LEAD 2-1)


INNINGS 4 – 6

Both teams recorded just one hit each in the 4th inning. Unfortunately, the Tigers’ hit was a two-out single from Mike Aviles while Chicago’s hit was a solo homer to left center off the bat of Garcia to increase their lead to 3-1.

The 5th inning signaled the third pitcher used by Chicago, in came Tommy Kahnle. He issued just a two-out walk to Maybin and left him stranded. After hitting the lead-off man and inducing a ground ball fielder’s choice, Boyd was relieved by Alex Wilson in the bottom half of the 5th who got a fly ball and ground ball out to end the inning.

Detroit in the 6th got a laser shot from Justin Upton the opposite way, cutting Chicago’s lead to 3-2. It could have been more RBI for Upton, Castellanos grounded into a double play the at-bat before Upton.

Chicago went down in order in the home half of the 6th.
(THRU 6: CWS LEAD 3-2)


INNINGS 7 – 9

Pitcher No. 4 came on for the White Sox to start the 7th, set-up man Zach Duke. Duke tossed a 7-pitch 1-2-3 frame, notching one strikeout. Tigers hard-throwing reliever Bruce Rondon came on to pitch the bottom half of the 7th. After merely grazing Navarro with a stitch of the baseball to lead off the inning, Rondon got the next three batters in order, including strikeouts of Eaton and Anderson.

Detroit came through and tied it up in the top half of the 8th. Maybin reached on an error from Sox pitcher No. 5 Nate Jones to lead off the inning. After a swipe of second and an intentional walk to Martinez with one out, Castellanos came through with a single to right, scoring Maybin and making it a 3-3 ball game. After getting Upton to fly out, White Sox manager Robin Ventura brought in his closer David Robertson – in the 8th inning during a non-save situation – who then struck out pinch hitter Tyler Collins to end the frame.

Shane Greene came on to pitch the 8th for the Tigers and issued just a two-out walk to Frazier to end the inning. The rain came yet again during the bottom half of the 8th and the umpires opted to delay it prior to starting the 9th, suspending play until this afternoon.

The White Sox would use a base hit from Avisail Garcia in the bottom of the ninth and some lazy defense by the Tigers to get Garcia into scoring position. With Garcia on third base, Adam Eaton singled him home to send the White Sox off with a walk-off win.


ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES

For the White Sox – Albers, Jennings, Kahnle, Jones and Duke all have pitched over Games 2 and 3 in this series. All five have combined to pitch 13.1 innings and allow six runs (four earned) during that stretch.

UP NEXT

The Tigers and White Sox wrap up their four-game series on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. Detroit gives the ball again to Anibal Sanchez, who had a rare solid outing his last time out against the Twins on Tuesday (6.0 IP, 3 ER, 10 K). He still boasts a poor 6.60 ERA.

Chicago will counter with All-Star southpaw Jose Quintana (8-8, 3.13 ERA). Quintana made one prior start against Detroit this season (4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER in loss on June 5). Quintana is the definition of a ‘bad luck starter’ in his career this far: 141 appearances, just a 41-42 record overall but a very solid 3.42 ERA.

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