For as impressive as Jose Quintana was last night, Dylan Axelrod was equally as unimpressive in tonight’s 8-5 loss to the Tigers. Axelrod had his second straight miserable outing, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in just five and two-thirds innings.
Prince Fielder set the offensive tone for the Tigers, taking Axelrod deep in the first inning for a two-run home run. Then in the third inning, the sub-.200 hitting Alex Avila drove in two more runs with a two-out single. Axelrod saw his ERA soar to 5.33 and might be in jeopardy of losing his spot in the starting rotation if the Sox deem a prospect is ready to be called up.
The White Sox offense, while not nearly duplicating the 23-hit magic of last night, did do their part, with Conor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham both hitting solo home runs. Beckham, in fact, had two RBI on the night and is currently hitting .340. Dayan Viciedo also collected two hits and was on base three times.
The Tigers pounded out 15 hits, with their heart of the order (Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez) all having three hits a piece, with Fielder knocking in three runs on the night.
Up Next: The White Sox try to take the series in Detroit with a Thursday matinee, sending Chris Sale to the bump, opposing Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez.