Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Tigers 3
August, 13, 2013
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox evened the three-game series with a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
How it happened: Alejandro De Aza hit a game-ending single in the 11th inning for the victory. The White Sox were close, but couldn’t tag Tigers starter Max Scherzer with his second loss of the season. They carried a one-run lead into the eighth inning before the Tigers got Scherzer off the hook with the game-tying run that came, in part, because of an Alexei Ramirez fielding error. Former Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia had given the White Sox the lead with a two-run triple in the fourth inning and then scored when Omar Infante's throw to third base got past Miguel Cabrera. White Sox starter Hector Santiago gave up two runs over five innings, but just one was earned.
What it means: A day after appearing to force the issue in his first game against his former club, Garcia looked at least a little more relaxed Tuesday. His fourth-inning triple was his third hit with the White Sox and first extra-base hit. He also delivered his first two RBIs with the White Sox. His hard grounder in the ninth inning was changed from an error to a hit and his walk in the 11th inning allowed him to eventually score the game-winning run.
Outside the box: Sure there were two hits from Ramirez to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, but he also committed three errors. The White Sox had committed just one error in their previous 11 games after making 15 miscues in the 11 games before that. Their eight-game errorless streak, their longest since 2011, ended Saturday. The White Sox entered 11th in the American League with a .982 fielding percentage.
Off beat: So much for that outing June 30 when White Sox rookie pitcher Andre Rienzo didn’t allow an earned run in his major league debut. MLB overturned an official scorekeeper’s call and gave Carlos Santana a single instead of charging Ramirez with an error at shortstop. It means that all three runs in that outing were earned and Rienzo’s ERA rose from 2.95 to 4.42. Before the ruling was overturned, Rienzo had been the first White Sox pitcher to go at least seven innings and not allow an earned run since Jack McDowell in 1987.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (2-10, 4.52 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.