Zimmermann struggles in first game back from DL, Tigers lose to White Sox 6-3

The Detroit Tigers came into Thursday afternoon’s contest against the Chicago White Sox riding an eight-game winning streak. Jordan Zimmermann was on the mound, the first time doing so since landing on the DL in early July. Zimm just didn’t have it and didn’t look mechanically well on the mound. He lasted just and 1 and 2/3 innings, surrendering six earned runs in his effort. The White Sox reigned victorious by a score of 6-3.

1st-3rd Innings: The White Sox got on the scoreboard first when Justin Morneau knocked in Tim Anderson with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Ian Kinsler matched the run for the Tigers with a solo home run to lead off the bottom half of the first.

Avisail Garcia (solo home run), Melky Cabrera (RBI single), Adam Eaton (sacrifice fly) and Jose Abreu (two-run home run) all contributed in Chicago’s five-run second inning that ultimately chased Zimmermann from the game. Alex Wilson replaced Zimmermann for the Tigers. Nothing doing for Detroit in their half of the second.

The White Sox got two runners on base, but left them both stranded and the Tigers went down in order in the third inning. Chicago leads 6-1.

4th-6th Innings: Chicago got a double from Justin Morneau, but nothing further and the Tigers went down in order yet again in the fourth inning.

Kyle Ryan replaced Wilson to begin the fifth inning. The White Sox stranded another base runner and the Tigers mirrored Chicago by stranding a base runner of their own in the fifth.

Both teams went down in order in the sixth inning. Chicago leads 6-1.

7th-9th Innings: Chicago went in order in their half of the seventh. The Tigers finally lit up the scoreboard, the first time since the very first inning on a Tyler Collins base hit, but failed to do anymore damage.

Mark Lowe replaced Ryan to begin the eighth inning. One base runner was all Lowe would allow to go along with two strikeouts. Miguel Cabrera hit a solo home run with one out in the eighth for the Tigers.

Nothing doing for Chicago in the ninth inning. Justin Upton to give Detroit some life for a possible comeback, but Collins hit into a double play and Jarrod Saltalamacchia popped out to end the game. Chicago wins 6-3.

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Up next: 

The Tigers will remain home and welcome in the New York Mets and begin a three-game series beginning tomorrow night. Justin Verlander will be on the mound for Detroit in game one as it is sure to be one heck of a pitcher’s duel as Noah Syndergaard with oppose him for the Mets.