In what seemed like somewhat of a home game for Detroit based on the crowd, Chris Sale did what Chris Sale does, and the White Sox offense squeaked out just enough against Max Scherzer for a 5-1 victory.
Sale pitched eight very impressive innings, giving up only one run on a Victor Martinez home run, while striking out eight. Sale’s second strike out of the night was his 200th of the season, and his stellar outing lowered his season ERA to 2.90.
Scherzer, on the other hand, gave up five runs, four of the earned, in just four innings of work. Scherzer allowed six White Sox hits, including Paul Konerko’s two-out, two-RBI single in the first inning.
The Sox offense turned in a rare clutch performance, as all five White Sox runs came with two out. Furthermore, in another rare development, the White Sox, and especially Alexei Ramirez, played superb defense.