White Sox 6, Tigers 3: An eighth-inning explosion

Seven straight White Sox reach to pull off improbable comeback

I listened to the first seven innings of this game while driving, during which the White Sox trailed 3-0 and were limited to two hits. By the time I reconvened with this game, the White Sox had won 6-3. This bullet-point recap relies on hindsight somewhat.

*Thanks to a six-run eighth, the White Sox went from trailing by three by leading by three over the course of one inning. Matt Davidson struck out to start the inning, after which seven straight Sox reached against the combination of Joe Jimenez and Shane Greene. Yoan Moncada missed a grand slam by a few feet and only closed the gap to 3-2, but an Avisail Garcia single tied it, Daniel Palka put them ahead, and a two-run double by Tim Anderson established the final score. (Corrected.)

*If there was a turning point, it might’ve been Adam Engel’s single. It wasn’t unusual to see Omar Narvaez flip a two-strike pitch into left field for a one-out single, but Engel did the same with a 1-2 pitch. He’d struck out in his first two at-bats, lowering his average to .135 on all two-strike counts. The single meant the Sox meant business.

*The win means the Sox are now 4-10 against the Tigers this season. The lopsided nature of their head-to-head record had to even out somewhat, because they’re basically equivalent in talent. I suspect the Sox would be ahead of Detroit in the standings if they played the season over again.

*Reynaldo Lopez didn’t get the win, but it was a decent return to form. He allowed two runs over 5⅔ innings, and one of them was attributable to a bad game from Nicky Delmonico at first base. He couldn’t handle a hard grounder in the first to put runners on the corners, and the Tigers took a 1-0 lead on Nick Castellanos’ subsequent double-play ball. The other was a result of a Castellanos two-strike single.

*Lopez could’ve had a quality start, but he wasn’t able to finish six because a Delmonico error extended his final inning.

*Delmonico had a rough day at first, also interfering with Moncada’s effort to catch a pop fly in foul territory, according to the Tigers’ broadcast. He also went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, so it was a humbling evening for him.

*Castellanos was involved in all three runs, delivering an RBI single against Jeanmar Gomez to make the Tigers’ lead seem insurmountable. The run was unearned thanks to a Moncada error.

*Michael Fulmer had a lot to do with the deficit, as he was able to get through 4⅔ innings on his pitch count in his return from the DL. Victor Alcantara and Daniel Stumpf were able to get through the seventh without allowing a baserunner on the bullpen’s tab, but Ron Gardenhire couldn’t plug the other two innings.

*Jace Fry stranded a pair of two-out singles in the eighth, and Juan Minaya recorded the final two outs.

Record: 49-79 | Box score

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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KenWo4LiFe

Yoan made it 3-2. Avi made it 3-3. Palka put them in the lead 4-3. Anderson made it 6-3.

ParisSox

Watching the highlights it seemed like the Moncada and Anderson doubles could also be attributed to less than stellar RFing by Castellanos, who seemed to get turned around.   

Lurker Laura

That’s true. He’s so bad out there, he could play for the Sox.

ParisSox

Thought I was watching Avi for a minute. 

Flitcraft

“Reynald Lopez didn’t get the win ….”

If that bears mentioning, I’ll add here that, on two pitches, Thyago Vieira retired the only batter he faced and did get the win, his first in the major leagues.

All of Brazil is quietly proud today, one imagines.

VAChisox

And somewhere Andre Rienzo is also smiling.