Good, until it got weird.
White Sox 11, Tigers 4
After a forty minute rain delay, the Tigers got under way and the first 7 innings were a nice, breezy pitchers’ duel between Justin Verlander (9-6, 119 IP, 3.71 ERA, 3.22 FIP, 2.9 WAR) and Jose Quintana, but the 8th inning wasn’t. The Sox would send 13 men to the plate, chasing Verlander after the first 5 and obscuring what looked to be a very solid start. He finished with 7 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 1 BB, and 3 K, but it easily could have been much cleaner if not for the 8th. The Tigers put up 2 more of their own in the 8th on a Cabrera homerun to left center and a Kelly homerun in the 9th, and made it a little closer, but the cats couldn’t claw all the way back against the solid White Sox staff and then watched the Sox scratch across a few more in the 9th. It’s not a surprise that the Sox limited the Tigers offense, it’s a surprise that they scored themselves (they’re the AL’s worst offense). Not to fear, as the Tigers send Rick Porcello (5-6, 93.1 IP, 4.82 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 1.7 WAR) to the mound on Wednesday to even the series.
The Moment: The Tigers double up De Aza on a popup…in foul territory.