White Sox can’t solve Tigers, lose another divisional game as season continues to slip away. White Sox are eight games under .500 on the road. Rookie gets injured in debut again for White Sox.
The White Sox entered their game against the Tigers on Tuesday with most of the same players that started the season. After getting a 1-0 lead, the White Sox and James Shields were unable to to withstand an onslaught from the Tigers as they lost 11-5.
Going along with the White Sox loss on Tuesday, the team saw another rookie get injured in his debut. Charlie Tilson, staring in his first MLB game was injured in the fifth inning when he strained his left hamstring trying to catch a flyball hit by Miguel Cabrera. Tilson collected his first hit in his first at bat, but the Wilmette, Ill. native wasn’t able to finish his first MLB game in front of his friends and family.
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In a cruel taste of irony, this was the second time a White Sox rookie was injured in the outfield in their first game this season at Comerica Park. The White Sox continue to experience bad luck with rookie players this season getting injured. Tilson’s injury marked the fourth time a White Sox rookie has been injured either before or during their debut game with the team this season.
Kevan Smith, Jason Coats, and Matt Davidson all were injured in their first games with the White Sox this season. Coats is the only player that didn’t require a stint on the disabled list. The unfortunate injuries for the White Sox has exposed a large gap of depth within the team’s minor league system. Tilson will be reevaluated by the White Sox medical staff on Wednesday to get better information on the severity of his injury.
Meanwhile, Shields had his first poor start in more than a month as he unraveled in the fifth inning against the Tigers. Shields allowed six runs to the Tigers in the fifth inning. The White Sox lost their fifth road game on their current eight game road trip. With the loss on Monday, the White Sox fell to 23-31 on the road. The road hasn’t been kind to the White Sox this season, and its one of the many reasons this team isn’t contending. The only bright spot in Monday’s loss was Avisail Garcia hitting two long home runs in two at-bats.
The White Sox will need better results on the road, and they will certainly need to do better against the AL Central. The White Sox are 17-24 against AL Central opponents this season, another factor into the team not contending. The White Sox are 28-24 against opponents in the AL East and West divisions.
With the season close to being over for the White Sox again, fans are slowly tuning the team out as the losses are piling up. This will be another season of poor attendance and television ratings for a franchise that badly needs to go in a better direction.