During their four-game losing streak, the Detroit Tigers were able to score just six runs. They matched that total in the first inning on Wednesday night. The Tigers grabbed a commanding six-run lead which was a tremendous cushion for Max Scherzer. Max was very sharp on the evening, picking up his fourth win against the Chicago White Sox in as many starts this year, and his fifth straight victory overall.
The stars of the evening were Nick Castellanos, who had been a late scratch because of an injured finger after being struck in pregame warm-ups yesterday, and Scherzer. Casty had four RBIs, including a big three-run homer while Max went seven strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits, striking out six batters.
After striking out the lead off man in the first inning, the Detroit bats got going against Hector Noesi. In fact it took just four pitches for the score to go from 0-0 to 6-0. Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera were on base for a Victor Martinez RBI single. Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez each laced the first pitch they faced into center field, scoring two more runs. Castellanos had the big hit of the inning, a three-run home run that just cleared the guard rail in left field, also on the first pitch.
It looked like Chicago would have to go to the bullpen early–really early–in the first inning, but Noesi settled down and the Tigers’ bats went ice cold again. Like they had been doing in the first, Detroit batters continued to swing on the first pitch, with less favorable results. This led to a rare three-pitch inning in the fourth, in which every batter took a stab at the first pitch and a single was erased by a double-play. Noesi lasted through the sixth inning.
Chicago scored their first run in the seventh inning off Scherzer and the Tigers answered back in the bottom of that inning when a Castellanos base hit capped off a two-out rally to push the lead back to six runs at 7-1.
The teams will conclude their three-game series with a day game at Comerica Park starting at 1:08. The Tigers will face a tough matchup with John Danks (9-6, 4.40), assuming he is not traded, going for the White Sox. He’s 2-0 against Detroit this season, allowing just three runs. Drew Smyly (6-9, 3.77) will get the nod for Detroit, hoping to get a win after being the hard luck loser in a 2-1 loss in Anaheim his last time out.