Tigers use walk-off sacrifice fly to sweep White Sox with 3-2 win

The Detroit Tigers came into play today looking to sweep the Chicago White Sox behind the arm of Justin Verlander. The game featured a marquee pitching matchup between Verlander and Chris Sale, and they both came with their best stuff. The Tigers were able to rally late and walk off to sweep the series with a 3-2 win. Here is how the action broke down today:

1st-3rd Innings: Verlander was able to cruise through the first three frames, as the Sox collected just one hit, a double. Verlander finished the first three innings with six strikeouts. The Tigers were able to put up six hits against Sale, but were held off of the scoreboard. Tied 0-0

4th-6th Innings: The Sox got on the board first in the fourth inning with a Jose Abreu home run to left field. The very next batter, former Tiger Alex Avila, added to the White Sox lead with a solo home run to dead center field. The Tigers were able to get on the board in the fifth inning after JaCoby Jones led off the inning with a double. He scored on an Andrew Romine single up the middle. Chicago leads 2-1

7th-9th Innings: Pitching into the 7th inning, Verlander was able to retire the White Sox without any damage. He was pulled prior to the 8th inning, finishing with a line of 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 9 K, and 0 BB. With Sale cruising into the 8th inning, it looked as if the Tigers offense was going to be shutdown once again in a disappointing loss. Instead, in the eighth inning, the Tigers were able to get a double from Ian Kinsler, followed by a sacrifice bunt, and then finally a game tying single from J.D. Martinez. JaCoby Jones came up to lead off the ninth inning and belted a double to right-center field. A deep sacrifice fly moved Jones to third, and Tyler Collins capped the comeback with a shallow sacrifice fly to score Jones. Final Score: Detroit wins 3-2

Game Notes:

  • J.D. Martinez is hitting .410 since his return to the lineup from a fractured elbow.

Up next: 

After an off day Thursday, the Tigers travel to Kansas City for a series with the red-hot Royals. The Royals are currently looking up at the Tigers in the standings, but their recent play has put them right back in the playoff picture.