Game One with the Tigers
The final road trip of the season to Detroit for the first of a 3 game series with the Tigers.
Paul Konerko returned to the line up after breaking his hand. New kid Chris Bassitt would get the office keys from Coach Cooper. Bassitt would pitch a very solid 7.2 innings with 3 strike outs and 1 walk allowed. Jake Petricka would get the office keys to lock up a 2 – 0 shut out.
The line up would include: Birthday Boy, Alexei Ramirez, Marcus Semien, Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia, Dayan Viciedo, Jordan Danks, Paul Konerko, Carlos Sanchez , Tyler Flowers, Moises Sierra.
It would start being a pitcher duel but finish a duel and a defensive battle. The only scoring would come in the top of the Second when, Sanchez would explode a ground ruled double to deep left, Flowers would step to the plate and belt the only home run of the game to left, giving the Sox the lead 2 – 0.
The Bottom of the 8th inning would see Petricka come on in relief of Bassitt and close out the game.
The Sox find themselves 14 games out of first. A year ago at this same time they were 29.5 games out.
Game 2 will see Scott Carroll with the mound keys taking on David Price
Game 3 will put Chris Sale against Justin Verlander.