White Sox 8, Tigers 2
Well, shoot. This looked so promising during the first five innings. The Sox got their only run off Justin Verlander (14 GS, 91.2 IP, 4.61 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 1.5 fWAR) on a Jose Abreau homer and the Tigers pushed one across courtesy of Miguel Cabrera’s baserunning and this one was hurdling toward a duel. Verlander’s stuff was better than we’ve seen this year with plenty of velocity and swinging strikes, but things unraveled in the 6th when he gave up some not-terribly well hit balls for hits and Ausmus left him in at least one batter too long, if not two batters too long because he failed to properly prepare the bullpen. Verlander lost it a little, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as 7 runs in 5.2 innings appears. This felt like a turning point and then it didn’t. Alas. They’ll try to save one behind Max Scherzer (13 GS, 85.1 IP, 3.38 ERA, 3.10 FIP, 1.9 fWAR) against Chris Sale on Thursday.
The Moment: Castellanos guns down Eaton at the plate in the 5th.
This was a huge mistake on Brad’s part. When Justin walked Nieto, I thought his night was done. When he walked Eaton his night should have been done. But, not having Al ready was pretty inexcusable.
This was the second time this week that Brad let a starter talk him into staying past his ability to get an out, and it’s the second time this week it burned him. I sincerely hope this is a mistake that will not be repeated ever again.
And Krol didn’t help the cause tonight either. The inability of this bullpen to strand a base runner is a killer. That’s the whole reason you have a bullpen.