Coming off of last night’s debacle, White Sox fans at least had an Erik Johnson start to watch. The big righty – whom you can hear on Keith Law’s Behind the Dish Episode from September 11th – would post a quality start and actually get a win to show for his efforts. Johnson showed his solid curve and the interesting tailing action on his fastball to keep Tigers hitters off balance for most of the day, going 6.2IP with 2 runs allowed. I was surprised to see he only struck out one hitter, although that was balanced by the zero posted in the walk column.
The loudest damage Johnson would surrender was a gigantic solo blast from Prince Fielder on a fastball that was right in the sweet spot for a lefty power hitter.
The White Sox offense would actually do damage against Anibal Sanchez, with guys like Conor Gillaspie and Jordan Danks working long counts. Gillaspie would crank a 2-run triple to give the team a comfortable lead.* Avisail Garcia added 3 singles – keeping up his strong average, but maintaining questions about his power and patience.
Marcus Semien would also single and steal a base to set up scoring a run. Jordan Danks added a pair of walks. Unfortunately, Josh Phegley continues to look powerless against RHP, and far, far too eager to swing at the plate. Frequently, Phegley looks as though he has decided to swing before the pitch is thrown – and the pitcher looks like he can tell.
The game wound up getting a little close for comfort as Donald Veal was not sharp, but Matt Lindstrom would finish off the game without incident.
The White Sox now need two more wins to avoid a 100-loss season.
*Well, comfortable under normal circumstances. Last night makes this a comical statement.