White Sox: Five Games That Defined 2016 Season

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Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) sits in dugout during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) sits in dugout during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers J.D. Martinez (28) hits a pinch hit home run in the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers J.D. Martinez (28) hits a pinch hit home run in the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Chris Sale Unable to Escape Pinch-Hit Home Run

Sale pitched another strong start against the Tigers on Aug. 3 at Comerica Park. The Sox and Tigers were tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning with Sale on the mound. Detroit would counter by pinch-hitting a returning J.D. Martinez. The All-Star slugger was returning from injury and received a standing ovation from Tigers fans when he walked up to the plate.

Martinez would then hit Sale’s first pitch to him for a go-ahead home run. The home run would be all the Tigers needed as they would defeat the Sox 2-1. With the loss, the Sox record dropped to 51-56 at that point. Sale’s bid to reach 15 wins on the season would suffer and he was also burned by Martinez for the second time this season with a home run.

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