After falling to the White Sox in the series opener on Monday night, the Detroit Tigers dropped the first game of a day-night doubleheader with Chicago on Tuesday afternoon.
Despite an attempt at a ninth-inning rally, the Tigers’ bats were unable to mount a serious comeback as Detroit lost the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader with the White Sox at Comerica Park 5-3. The Detroit Tigers some offensive help from their youngsters, but overall it was another dull afternoon.
In just his sixth major league game, Tigers catcher Jake Rogers mashed his second big-league home run, his first at Comerica Park. Rogers’ 408-foot solo bomb to left field in the fourth inning tied the game at two runs apiece, but Chicago would score three unanswered after that to take a 5-2 lead.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Harold Castro brought in JaCoby Jones from second base on an RBI single to cut Chicago’s lead to just two. However, it wouldn’t be enough as the White Sox quickly notched the third out shortly after to end the game with the final score of 5-3.
Daniel Norris got the start on the mound for the Detroit Tigers in game one of the doubleheader and followed up his winning effort from last week with a subpar performance. Norris lasted 5.2 innings and surrendered four earned runs on seven hits.
Rookie Dylan Cease took the hill for the White Sox on Tuesday’s afternoon game. The righty lasted five innings and the Tigers did manage to get seven hits off of the rookie, but only profited two runs off of them.
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox will have a few hours to rest before doing battle again on Tuesday night in the second game of the doubleheader. These two clubs will be seeing a lot of each other to finish the 2019 season, as 10 of Detroit’s 53 remaining games (including Tuesday night) are against the White Sox, that’s approximately 18% of the rest of the season.