Off to Enemy Territory – 3 games in Detroit – Game One
The White Sox packed their bags and headed north into enemy territory to Progressive field for a three game series with the Tigers. Jose Quintana, Hector Noesi and John Danks will be in the office for the Sox during the series.
An injury update: Avisail Garcia took part in his second simulated game and Matt Lindstrom threw his first simulated game. Talk is Lindstrom could return mid August along with Nate Jones who is recovering from back surgery.
The line up today held the heavy hitters and speed racers of the team: Adam Eaton, Alexei Ramirez, Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, Conor Gillaspie, Gordon Beckham, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers
Things were all quiet til the bottom of the second inning then the Tigers opened the scoring when, Martinez tripled to deep right, getting Hunter home for a 1 – 0 lead, Hunter had gotten on the pond by way of a single, Holaday sacrifice fly to left, increased the lead to 2 – 0 when J Martinez scored.
it wasn’t until the top of the fourth when the Sox got on board and from there they never looked back, Abreu started things with a single to right, Viciedo reached on an infield single to short moving Abreu to second. Gillaspie’s single cut the lead to one when Abreu crossed the plate, Viciedo got home on a Beckham sacrifice fly to left. Score was tied at 2 all at the close of the inning.
Things went quiet again til the top of the seventh inning when the Sox exploded for seven runs, Gillaspie started things off with a single to right, Beckham on first safe to a throwing error moved Gillaspie to second, Flowers singled to left, moving ,Beckham to second, Gillaspie scored on error by left fielder Davis. Eaton’s single to center loaded the bases, with Beckham at second and Flowers on third. Ramirez double to deep center cleared the bases and took the score to 6 – 2 in the Sox favor. Abreu (to left) and Dunn (to right) with home runs added runs 8 and 9. The score at the end of the inning Tigers – 2 and Sox – 9.
The Sox added two more in the top of the eighth when, Flowers and Eaton both reached on singles. Ramirez grounded into a fielders choice, getting Eaton out and moving Flowers to third. Abreu’s double to deep right brought Flowers and Eaton home for runs 10 and 11. The home half of the inning would be the last run at stealing the game from the Sox when, Martinez and Cabrera both reached on singles. Hunter was hit by Thompson who had relived Webb, which loaded the bases. Martinez grounded into a double play, but Cabrera got home, taking the score Sox – 11 and Tigers – 3. The final run of the day crossed home when, Holaday singled to center getting Martinez home taking the score to Sox – 11 and Tigers – 4.
Quintana would pass off to Daniel Webb for the seventh inning, Taylor Thompson would take the eighth and Jake Petricka would hold his never in the ninth to shut down the final run chase.