Detroit Tigers fall to Chicago White Sox in extra innings

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After a blowout loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday the Detroit Tigers looked to turn things around in a game against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Sadly that didn’t happen, and even more tragic, the Tigers loaded the bases in the tenth inning but failed to score the game-tying run.

Alfredo Simon (7-4, 3.57 ERA) took the hill for Detroit, while rookie Carlos Rodon (3-1, 4.07 ERA) started for Chicago.

Simon wasn’t sharp, but he wasn’t either.

Simon’s Final Line: 6.1 IP, 6 Hits, 5 ER, 5 K’s, 3 BB

As an old proverb once said, “it’s sometimes tough to win games when the starting pitcher gives up five runs.”

Rodon’s Final Line: 5.0 IP, 8 Hits, 4 ER, 7 K’s, 3 BB

Rodon, the third overall pick in the 2014 Draft, is really beginning to live up to expectations as one can see.

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Things started out bleak as Chicago CF Adam Eaton homered off of Simon in the top of the first to give the Sox their first lead of the day. Ian Kinsler then countered Eaton in the bottom of the first with a two-run HR to give Detroit the lead.

On to the second inning-

Avisail Garcia doubled to score Melky Cabrera and tie things up. Garcia then scored himself on a Tyler Flowers line drive to left field. Chicago now led 3-2.

From there things stayed quiet for a few innings; that is, until the fifth.

Adam Laroche cracked things open with a double to score Eaton and Jose Abreu.

From there things got quite dramatic, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press explains:

"(During the tenth inning) Bryan Holaday hit a two-run single to left to pull the Tigers within a run. With two outs and two on, the Chicago White Sox walked Miguel Cabrera to load the bases and pitch to Josh Wilson, who entered as a pinch runner for Victor Martinez in the ninth inning. Wilson struck out swinging to end the game.Carlos Sanchez, who came into the game batting .159, hit a two-out, three-run triple off Joba Chamberlain in the top of the 10th.The Tigers went on to lose, 8-7, in front of 40,355 at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon."

Real heartbreaker.

The Tigers take on the White Sox once again on Friday in Detroit.

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