Norris Perfect, Detroit Tigers Top White Sox 2-1 in Extras
By Tom Zahari
Sep 16, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Daniel Norris (44) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers defeated Chicago White Sox 2-1 in a game where Daniel Norris, Buck Farmer, Ian Krol, and Drew VerHagen no-hit the White Sox for 8 innings, but like many nights in 2015, the wheels came off late in the bullpen. The Tigers found their wheels got the 2-1 win in extra innings.
The only hitter to reach for the White Sox was Adam Eaton as he was hit by a curveball on the jersey by Krol.
Norris was in his third start back from the disabled list with his oblique injury and was kept on a pitch count, but had his best start of the season in the process. Norris retired all 15 batters he faced in his 5 innings of work with 4 strikeouts on 63 pitches, 41 of which were strikes.
Buck Farmer then came in for the 6th inning and retired the White Sox 1-2-3 with two strikeouts.
Ian Krol came in for the 7th inning and the perfect game promptly ended on the second pitch when he hit Adam Eaton with a slow curveball. Krol then retired Jose Abreu, Trayce Thompson, and Melky Cabrera to keep the no-hitter intact.
In the bottom of the 7th, something called offense occurred. J.D. Martinez, Nick Castellanos, and James McCann hit back-to-back-to-back singles to give the Tigers the 1-0 lead.
In the 8th, Drew VerHagen entered the game and kept the no-hitter going. Avisail Garcia grounded out, Alexi Ramirez initially reached on an error by Nick Castellanos but was called out after a challenge by the Tigers where replay showed Miguel Cabrera applied a tag, and Carlos Sanchez struck out to end the inning.
In the 9th, the Tigers turned to Neftali Feliz to close the game out, and lost the no-hitter and the lead. With one out, Tyler Saladino hit a triple to center field and scored on an Adam Eaton single.
In the bottom of the 10th, Robin Ventura paid for changing pitchers in the middle of an inning in a worthless September game. Zack Duke walked Anthony Gose and gave up a walk-off double to Rajai Davis to give the Tigers the 2-1 win.
These two teams will finish their series Wednesday afternoon at 1:08. Justin Verlander will take the mound against Frankie Montas for his first career Major League start.