Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Tigers 2
August, 12, 2013
By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
How it happened: White Sox starter Chris Sale had been getting just 2.11 runs of offensive support in his last 12 starts, but got some help Monday in a complete game victory. Sale found out why his manager wanted him to intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera the last time he pitched against Detroit. The 2012 AL MVP and Triple Crown winner hit his 37th home run of the season into the right field bullpen in the first inning with two out and nobody on base. Tigers catcher Brayan Pena doubled home a run off Sale in the third. The Sox got on the board in the fourth when Tigers starter Doug Fister wild pitched home the Sox first run with the bases loaded in the fourth. Josh Phegley knotted the game at two with an RBI base hit in the fifth. Gordon Beckham's bouncer off the mound slowly rolled into right field to score Phegley and Alexei Ramirez's RBI single made it a three-run inning. The White Sox added two insurance runs in the eighth on another RBI single from Phegley and a sacrifice fly from Alejandro De Aza.
What it means: It was only a small step forward for the hapless South siders. The Sox have an outside shot at finishing with their worst record in history. (1970, 56-106) Detroit had won seven of the first 10 games between the two clubs this season entering play on Monday. Sale has now won two straight starts for the first time since May 12 and May 17.
Outside the box: Dayan Viciedo had an MRI on his sore left thumb on Monday. Viciedo missed his third straight game with the thumb strain. … Broadcaster Ken (Hawk) Harrelson missed his second straight game . The venerable play-by-play man was complaining of dizziness on Saturday afternoon. Former Sox player and broadcaster Tom Paciorek sat in with Steve Stone for both telecasts.
Up next: Baseball’s best pitcher in 2013, Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer (17-1, 2.84 ERA) faces White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.43).