Sox in Enemy Territory – Games 2 and 3
The White Sox took to the field for game two of the series with high hopes after winning game one. Hector Noesi against Max Scherzer was going to be a real pitchers duel. Noesi has been building on some great outings and this one would need to be one of his best for the Sox to have a chance. An hour’s rain delay would be the hiccup that the Sox did not need.
the bottom of the first inning the Tigers would make Noesi and the Sox pay dearly putting seven runs on the board, Kinsler moved to second on a Cabrera walk, Martinez hit a soft single to right getting Kinsler home, Cabrera to second, Hunter smacked another single and Martinez was held at second and Cabrera crossed for a 2 – 0 Tigers lead, J.Martinez with another single brought home Martinez increasing the lead to 3 – 0. Castellanos home run to right cleared the bases, T Hunter and J Martinez scored taking the Tigers lead to 6 – 0.
Noesi and Scherzer took things into their own hands and shut both sides down until the top of the seventh inning when the Sox finally got on the board when, Ramirez started things with a single, Abreu’s single got speed demon Ramirez to third. Dunn moved Abreu to third by a ground out to the pitcher. Viciedo with a sacrifice fly to center got Ramirez home to break the shut out 6 – 1 in the Tigers favor.
In the seventh inning was changes for the Sox when, Eric Surkamp got the keys from Noesi, Adrian Nieto took over behind the plate. The Tigers added their seventh run when, Hunter and J.Martinez both reached on singles. Castellanos singled to center, bringing Hunter across the plate and sent J. Martinez to second,that took the Tigers lead to 7 -1. The Sox made one final run at trying to steal the game but the only run that the Sox could add was a home run by Adam Dunn to right. The final score was in the Tigers favor 7 – 2.
John Danks against Drew Smyly
With the series at 1 game each this would be the game that both sides would be fighting hard to win. Danks would need help from Belisario, Guerra and closer Petricka to secure the win of the series for the Sox.
It was the top of the second when the Sox opened the scoring when, Konerko opened the inning with a single to right, Beckham doubled and Konerko was able to get home to give the Sox a 1 – 0 lead. A Flowers single to center, with Beckham’s speed on the pond made it a 2 – 0 Sox lead. Sierra moved Flowers to second on a single to center. Leury Garcia grounded into a fielders choice getting Flowers to third. Eaton also grounded into a Fielders choice getting Flowers home for a 3 – 0, forcing Garcia out at second. Eaton was nailed at second trying to steal to close the inning.
The home half of the second, the Tigers cut the Sox lead to 1 when, Danks on the mound hit Hunter with a pitch, Danks then gave J.Martinez a free pass with a walk, moving Hunter to second, Avila grounded into fielder’s choice to first, Hunter was thrown out at home, moving Martinez to third, and Castellanos to second.Suarez hit sacrifice fly to center, getting J Martinez home to break the shut out 3 – 1 in the Sox favor. Jackson’s single to center, brought Castellanos home, to cut the Sox lead 3 – 2.
The bottom of the third saw Detroit take the lead with a pair of solo home runs from Hunter and J.Martinez, the Tigers taking the lead for the first time in the game 4 – 3.
The Sox would once again tie up the game in the top of the fourth when Konerko opened the inning with a double to left, Beckham and Flowers both getting out made way for a Sierra single and Konerko with everything he could muster got himself home for a 4 a piece game.
Danks and Smyly would shut both sides down until the sixth inning when both starting pitcher would depart, news would come later on that Smyly had been traded. With middle rotation in the office for both sides, the Sox would take the lead when Eaton would be safe on first thanks to a wild pitch by Sorina, Ramirez singled to left, moving Eaton to third. Ramirez would be safe at second on throwing error. Abreu would be given a free pass and that would load the bases. The Sox would be gifted a 5 – 4 lead when Konerko was hit by a pitch. The top of the seventh would see the Sox take the lead for good when, Sierra would open with a single, Garcia would pop a sacrifice to third, moving Sierra to second. Eaton’s RBI single would bring, Sierra home. Eaton would be safe at second on a steal and later score on a Ramirez double to left taking the score to 7 – 4.
The Sox pitching of Guerra and Closer Petricka would shut down the Tigers defense and give the Sox the win 7 – 4 and the series win, 2 games to one.
The Sox head home for a home stand including Minnesota, and the Texas Rangers before heading out west.