Another clean win.
Tigers 6, White Sox 2
The Tigers picked up their four consecutive win on Wednesday thanks in part to a solid outing from Anibal Sanchez (17 GS, 104 IP, 2.68 ERA, 2.39 FIP, 3.5 WAR ) who turned in 6 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 BB, and 5 K. The bats got going early as the Tigers got three homeruns – one from Prince, one from Jackson, and one from Hunter – to take an early and commanding 5-0 lead. Avila added an RBI single to give the Tigers their 6th run before Rondon allowed 1 back in his one inning of work. A 3 K 8th from Smyly and a cleanup job by Benoit in the 9th after Putkonen and Coke struggled took the Tigers the rest of the way and improved their record to 56-44.
They’ll carry their 3.5 game lead in the Central into Thursday’s matinee looking to sweep the set with the Sox. They’ll call on Justin Verlander (21 GS, 131.2 IP, 3.69 ERA, 3.35 FIP, 3.0 WAR) to get the job done. If you missed it yesterday, New English D broke down exactly what has been troubling Verlander this year.
The Moment: Prince puts the Tigers ahead early, and for good.