The Detroit Tigers opened their series against the Chicago White Sox tonight and wound up losing 7-4 at home in Comerica Park.
The Detroit Tigers opened their series at home against their division rivals, the Chicago White Sox, earlier tonight. The White Sox got off to a hot start, scoring two runs in the first inning and built on their lead throughout the game. Detroit scored some runs in return but wound up losing the opener 7-4.
Spencer Turnbull made his first start after coming off of the injured list. Turnbull only gave up two earned runs, but he ran into a lot of trouble early and ran up his pitch count. He ended up leaving the game after 3.0 innings, having thrown 76 pitches. He did record seven strikeouts over these three innings, however, which is a positive sign moving forward.
The bullpen continued their struggles tonight, which really hurt the Tigers in this one. Gregory Soto came in to replace Turnbull in the fourth and gave up two runs. He did get it together though and wind up pitching for 4.0 innings. Buck Farmer came in later to give up an additional three runs, which would wind up sealing the deal for Detroit, despite a ninth-inning rally.
Jake Rogers continued to impress with the bat and behind the plate tonight. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk on the night with the bat, and behind the plate, he caught for five different pitchers and was even touted by the White Sox casters for his performance on blocking balls in the dirt. He has looked great so far for Detroit in the big leagues.
Daniel Norris starts for the Detroit Tigers in the second game of the series tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. EST. He is coming off of two of his best starts all season and looks to continue the trend. The Sox will start young Dylan Cease, who is not having the best year so far, with a 1-4 record and a 6.43 ERA. The Tigers will look to take advantage of the young pitcher and get some runs for Norris.