Chris Sale and 2013 Cy Young award winner, Max Scherzer, combined for twenty-four strikeouts, but it was Chicago’s ace that walked away with a win as the White Sox defeated the Tigers 6-3 at US Cellular Field Saturday afternoon. Sale earned his eleventh win by allowing three earned runs and striking out thirteen over seven innings of work. The game was the first in a double-header that will showcase two of the teams starting pitching prospects this evening, when the Tigers send Kyle Ryan to the mound against the White Sox Chris Bassitt.
The game didn’t start well for Chris Sale, as Detroit’s Ian Kinsler led off the game with a solo home run. Following a single by Torii Hunter and Sale’s first strikeout, Victor Martinez added a two-run homer to put the Tigers up 3-0. However, Sale rebounded from the barrage by striking out the side and setting the tone for the rest of his outing.
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Max Scherzer struck out eleven White Sox batters, but gave up nine hits in 6.2 innings. The most costly hit came off the bat of Adam Dunn. After Jose Abreu tied the game with a run-scoring single to center, Dunn launched a 2-1 pitch to right field, scoring Abreu and staking the White Sox to a 5-3 lead. Tyler Flowers would add a solo shot of his own one inning later, and the White Sox bullpen would combine for two scoreless innings to preserve the win for Sale. Jake Petricka allowed two base runners in the 9th inning, but induced a game-ending double play to earn his 10th save this season.
- Jose Abreu finished 3-4 with an RBI, increasing his batting average to .320 for the year, according to SI.com.
- Prior to Saturday’s games, the White Sox recalled LHP Eric Surkamp and RHP Chris Bassitt, while optioning RHP Scott Carroll to Triple-A Charlotte, according to MLB.com.
- Chris Sale leads the American league with a 2.11 ERA, per ESPN.com.