The Chicago White Sox were able to win the first game of their doubleheader at US Cellular Field by a 6-3 score behind the 13-strikeout performance from Chris Sale.
The nightcap of that twin bill … well, let’s just say the pitching wasn’t the same, eventually leading to an 8-4 loss and a split of the doubleheader on Saturday.
In the second game on Saturday night, the White Sox (61-75) trailed 5-0 through seven innings but were able to put four runs on the board in the eighth to make it a one-run game.
That was all well and good as the team that doesn’t seem to quit made it a close score, but a three-run top of the ninth of the Tigers put all hopes of a comeback to rest for the “Good Guys.”
The White Sox totaled seven hits in the second game of Saturday, led by Alexei Ramirez with a 2-for-4 game, followed by Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu, Dayan Viciedo, Carlos Sanchez and Leury Garcia each having one hit in the loss.
Viciedo had three RBIs in the game, while Avisail Garcia had one RBI.
Chris Bassitt lost in his first start of the season for the White Sox. He pitched 6.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out four in his debut for ’14.
Kyle Ryan was the winning pitcher for the Tigers. He allowed no earned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out one.