The Detroit Tigers lost 9-5 to the Chicago White Sox in a rain-soaked game at Comerica Park on Monday. White Sox’s Jose Abreu hit a two-run home run, the first a 411-footer and the second a 444-footer into the second row of shrubs in the ninth, leading the team to victory. Check out the best bookmakers for betting on Baseball!
Since the Tigers average an MLB-worst of 2.78 runs per game, early runs for the opponent usually lead to a loss. Tigers manager AJ Hinch’s offense, however, fought back several times in Monday’s game. Even so, the Tigers lost the first game of the series against the White Sox.
Despite keeping the score close, the Tigers, who are 24-36, were unable to complete a comeback in the top of the sixth inning after a throwing error led to three runs. Jose Abreu hit a two-run home run off right-hand reliever Joe Jimenez in the ninth inning. It was his second home run of the game. Abreu went 3-for-4 with a walk and four RBIs.
When left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin failed to close out the sixth inning, the White Sox already had a 4-3 lead. Reese McGuire made a sacrifice bunt to move the first two runners toward scoring.
Chafin’s throwing error on the bunt was crucial. In an attempt to get the lead runner out at the third base, he threw the ball in the dirt and passed the third baseman. Leury Garcia and Yoan Moncada scored a pair of points to make it 6-3 as the ball rolled towards the wall in foul territory.
Two batters later, Andrew Vaughn singled with two outs to score McGuire for a 7-3 lead. Chafin struck out two batters in the sixth inning as he threw 21 pitches, 18 of them were strikes. The final three innings were handled by righty relievers Jason Foley, Michael Fulmer, and Jimenez.
Two RBI singles by Harold Castro and Miguel Cabrera off left-handed reliever Bennett Sousa helped the Tigers come back in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the White Sox’s lead to 7-5. The seventh inning saw Sousa retire three batters in a row. Check out the top new sportsbooks for betting on baseball!
Tanner Banks got the ball for the White Sox in the eighth inning. Jonathan Schoop and Eric Haase were used as pinch-hitters for Tucker Barnhart and Kody Clemens, respectively.
For the first two outs, Schoop grounded out and Haase struck out. The third out was made by Willi Castro’s fly out to the warning track in left field. The ninth inning was scoreless for White Sox righty Kendall Graveman. Clemens finished 2-for-2 with a walk, and Barnhart went 1-for-2.
Derek Hill was sent to Toledo after the game, while Clemens remained with the Tigers. Should the Tigers decide to send Spencer Torkelson back to Toledo to reset as well, Clemens is likely to play at second base more regularly while Schoop shifts to first base. In the second inning, Clemens drove a single through the shift against Lance Lynn after going 0-for-17 to start his career.
“It was a relief. I got the first one out of the way and it felt good,” said Clemens, who hit another single in the fourth and a walk.
“Between innings Tork said, ‘Don’t you just feel 100 pounds lighter?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, absolutely.’ It was a great moment. I’m super excited to get it out of the way. Now just try to get in a rhythm and keep going.”
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