White Sox veteran starting pitcher helps team end three game losing streak. South Siders defeat Tigers to start home stand, to play doubleheader on Saturday.
After losing three consecutive games to end their recent road trip with a 3-7 record, the Chicago White Sox were able to notch a victory to start their homestand. The Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-2 early Saturday morning.
The Sox were originally scheduled to have a doubleheader on Friday against the Tigers, but game one was postponed due to rain. With the first game postponed, the second game was delayed by one hour and 25 minutes because of rain. However, this didn’t effect Mike Pelfrey who had his second consecutive solid outing for the Sox.
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Pelfrey pitched five innings while giving up two earned runs and recording a season-high seven strikeouts. The Tigers were without Miguel Cabrera as he didn’t play for Detroit. Ian Kinsler didn’t start for the Tigers but did appear late as a pinch hitter.
The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Justin Upton scored on a groundout by John Hicks. Despite the deficit, the Sox would mount a comeback like they’ve done many times this season. Avisail Garcia broke the game open with a three-run bases clearing double in the third inning.
With a slim 3-1 lead in the fourth inning, Pelfrey would find himself in a jam. J.D. Martinez reached on a fielding error by Tyler Saladino. Upton hit a single to put the Tigers with two runners on and no outs. The Sox would bail out Pelfrey as Matt Davidson threw to home to nab Martinez on a fielders choice from Nick Castellanos.
Pelfrey would load the bases with a walk to Tyler Collins. With the bases loaded, Jose Abreu threw home as Hicks grounded out into another force out in the inning. Andrew Romine lined out to Pelfrey to end the inning and the Tigers threat.
Detroit would score its second run of the game on a home run from former Sox catcher Alex Avila in the fifth inning. Despite the home run, the Sox bullpen kept the Tigers scoreless after Pelfrey’s departure.
The Sox offense were able to add to their 3-2 lead with home runs from Davidson and Melky Cabrera. Davidson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. After hitting a RBI single in the seventh inning, Cabrera added a three-run home run in the eighth inning to put the dagger in the Tigers.
With the first game of a scheduled doubleheader postponed on Friday, the Sox will makeup the game on Saturday afternoon as part of a straight doubleheader. Derek Holland will start game one and Tyler Danish will make his first MLB start in game two.