The best case scenario.
Tigers 6, White Sox 2
For a team that was missing its biggest offensive threat, the Tigers didn’t show any signs of trouble. Rick Porcello (18 GS, 106.1 IP, 4.49 ERA, 3.54 FIP, 1.9 WAR) didn’t rack up strikeouts but he mowed down the Sox bats across 7 shutout innings in which he walked a season high 3, but also only allowed 4 hits – three of which didn’t make it out of the infield. Porcello trusted his sinker and got ground ball after ground ball and handed the game over to the pen for the final two. The offense didn’t miss Cabrera as they got 3 runs in the 4th and 3 in the 6th thanks to plenty of offensive from the bottom of the order. Peralta, Avila, Kelly, and Perez were all on base at least twice and once they broke through in the 4th, the game was never really in doubt. The win assures the Tigers of no worse than a split and they will try to take game three and the series Wednesday night behind Anibal Sanchez (16 GS, 98 IP, 2.85 ERA, 2.42 FIP, 3.3 WAR).
The Moment: Hernan Perez scores on his own swing – but only gets credit for a 3B and advancing on an error in the 6th.