Rapid Reaction: Tigers 3, White Sox 2 (F/12)
August, 4, 2013
By Chuck Pleiness
Special to ESPNChicago.com
Special to ESPNChicago.com
DETROIT -- In the Chicago White Sox’s three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park this weekend, they scored a total of just three runs and were promptly swept. The final loss came Sunday in 12 innings. Chicago last won a game on July 25.
How it happened: Pinch hitter Miguel Cabrera led off the Tigers’ 12th inning with a single up the middle and was pinch run for by Matt Tuiasosopo. Austin Jackson sacrificed Tuiasosopo over to second, where he was immediately driven home by Torii Hunter with a base hit. Both teams each put one runner on in each of the first two extra innings. Adam Dunn, who had four hits, gave Chicago a lead in the fourth inning with a mammoth home run to straightaway center field. The Tigers then took advantage of back-to-back walks to begin the seventh, and both came around to score. Alex Avila doubled home Victor Martinez and Ramon Santiago’s sacrifice fly plated Jhonny Peralta. Paul Konerko tied things up for the White Sox with a solo homer to lead off the ninth. The lack of run support spoiled another good outing from a White Sox starting pitcher, as rookie Andre Rienzo gave up just two runs on four hits in six innings of work.
What it means: Chicago is in the midst of its first 10-game losing streak since 1976 and suffered its first winless road trip of seven games or more in franchise history. The White Sox were swept in Cleveland to open the trip, blowing a pair last-inning leads, and dropped all three games against Detroit despite allowing just eight runs on 21 hits.
Outside the box: Dunn’s home run in the fourth was a bomb to straightaway center field, measuring at 462 feet from home plate. It was the longest home run hit by the White Sox this season, and was Dunn's longest home run since he hit one 479 feet off Jair Jurrjens on Sept. 14, 2010, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Houston’s J.D. Martinez has the longest homer hit at Comerica Park this season at 464 feet, which he hit on May 13. On Saturday, Peralta hit a homer to center field as well, measuring 444 feet.
Off beat: The White Sox could have run themselves out of a potential run-scoring inning in the first. With one out, Alexei Ramirez singled and was promptly picked off trying to steal second by Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello. What followed were back-to-back singles from Alex Rios and Dunn, and then Konerko drew a walk to load the bases. Porcello ended the threat by getting Conor Gillaspie to pop up on the infield. Another running error in the top of the 10th doubled up catcher Tyler Flowers at second when Peralta ran back to grab a blooper off the bat of Ramirez to end the inning.
Up next: The White Sox open a three-game series at home with the New York Yankees on Monday by sending left-hander Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62 ERA) to the mound. New York counters with left-hander Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) for the 7:10 CT start time at U.S. Cellular Field. The biggest question will be whether Alex Rodriguez will be with the Yankees. Rodriguez is expected to be handed a suspension through the end of the 2014 season. Twelve other players are also expected to be suspended for their ties to the Biogenesis investigation.