Detroit Tigers Defeat Chicago White Sox 8-4
The Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-4 in the middle game of their three game series. Daniel Norris didn’t have his best stuff, but he kept the Tigers in the game.
The Detroit Tigers offense was led by Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez who had one home run each. JaCoby Jones who added two hits and two RBIs in his MLB debut.
Daniel Norris started for the Tigers and battled through an evening. He showed he had quality stuff, but was inconsistent and dealt with many base runners.
He finished with a final line of five innings pitched, six hits allowed, three earned runs, three walks and four strikeouts. Most of the damage came behind a two-run home run.
For Norris to stay in the rotation, he will have to keep his pitch count down and stay in games longer. He did not put batters away tonight which led to his early departure.
The White Sox got on the board in the top of the second. Justin Morneau walked in front of Todd Frazier who deposited a home run over the left field wall.
Omar Narvaez then walked, and Tyler Saladino doubled to put runners on second and third. Adam Eaton then grounded out as the Tigers yielded the run to give the Sox the 3-0 lead.
Tigers Offense Turns Things Around
The Tigers offense started out slow, but they started chipping away in the fifth inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked to lead off the inning and later came around on an Ian Kinsler home run.
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The Tigers then broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth, sending nine men to the plate. J.D. Martinez doubled, Justin Upton singled him home, and Saltalamacchia doubled to lead off the inning. JaCoby Jones then doubled for his first Major League hit. Kinsler then singled home two to give the Tigers the 6-3 lead.
The White Sox got one run back in the top of the seventh. Adam Eaton doubled and Tim Anderson singled to trim the Tigers lead to 6-4.
Instead of sitting on the lead, the Tigers added insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. J.D. Martinez blasted a home run to left field to lead off the inning. Justin Upton then reached on an error which put him at second base. He moved to third on a Saltalamacchia ground ball. Jones then came up with his second hit to bring home Upton.
Next: JaCoby Jones' Potential Impact
The Tigers and White Sox will complete their series Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 in a marquee pitching matchup. Justin Verlander will take the mound for the Tigers as they go for the sweep. He will be opposed by Chris Sale who will be looking for his 16th win of the season.