Chicago White Sox overpower Detroit Tigers, 8-0
“Vote early and often” may be an old Chicago credo, but “score early and often” is even more effective.
The White Sox got the ball rolling in the first, when Andrew Vaughn doubled up Detroit rookie Garrett Hill, who was pitching his second major league game and struggling with command. Luis Robert walked and Hill went 3-0 over Gavin Sheets:
(Note that hitting a homer on a 3-0 pitch is not considered an Unwritten Rules violation if the score before the swing was 0-0.)
The offense added three more runs in the second when Tim Anderson doubled up, Vaughn was hit by a pitch, Robert brought Anderson home and José Abreu doubled Vaughn and Robert. So ! Six-nada.
Hill recovered after that, and the score was over until a final two runs against the Tigers bullpen lie in the seventh made it 8-0. The best in the Tigers bullpen was actually utility player Kody Clemens, who pulled what Gamecast for some reason called “sliders” at around 55 mph, about half his father Roger’s usual smoke , and got three straight kicks in the eighth. It was Clemens’ second time on the mound, both against the White Sox. Maybe he’s an expert.
However, none of the offenses beyond the first mattered except to boost batting averages, as the big story was Johnny Cueto.
Helped early by a few double plays and throughout the game by forcing the Tigers to feed the ball to Josh Harrison, Cueto became the first White Sox starter to go eight innings this year, giving up five singles and walking no one while subtracting five.
He got extra help from a strike zone that was, for him, about as wide as the Dan Ryan, but he didn’t need the extra edge, throwing 66 of 101 pitches for strikes ( or pseudo-strikes, as the case may be). be) and lowering his ERA to 2.91. José Ruiz gave up a brace in the ninth but saved the shutout, helped by Moncada’s shrewd play of a bad pop pictured up high.
The Sox finished with 11 hits, with Harrison the only 0-iron and Anderson, Abreu and Sheets getting two apiece. The club went 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
The win improves the season record to 40-43, which is nothing to brag about, especially playing in AAAL Central. Nor split a home streak with the Tigers, even though Detroit was riding a six-game winning streak, but that will be the goal in the four-game series finale tomorrow afternoon. Michael Kopech will be on the mound against right-hander Drew Hutchinson.