CHICAGO – Despite 14 hits, the Chicago White Sox fell 6-4 to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series and 10-game homestand.
How it happened: The White Sox jumped on the Tigers with first inning runs but couldn’t hold the lead to finish off a three-game sweep. The Tigers tied it in the third inning on a three-run home run from Miguel Cabrera and then scored three more times in the eighth inning to go ahead for good. John Danks went 7 1/3 innings, giving up six runs, but only four of them were earned. The White Sox scored their first-inning runs on an Avisail Garcia infield single, a sacrifice fly from Jeff Keppinger and a single form Conor Gillaspie. The White Sox left 15 runners on base, including at least two runners on base in six separate innings.
What it means: Just when things were improving on defense, it has all started to crumble again in a matter of days. Gillaspie had two errors Wednesday at third base a day after Alexei Ramirez had three errors at shortstop. The White Sox entered Tuesday’s game with just one error in their previous 11 games, maintaining an eight-game errorless streak during that stretch.
Outside the box: Despite the defeat, the White Sox went 6-4 on their just-completed 10-game homestand. The last time the White Sox had a winning homestand was May 20-27 when they went 5-3 in games against the Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins and the Cubs. One game of that homestand against the Cubs was rained out.
Off beat: Cabrera can still hit it far, but with a bad left hip, he can’t run a lick. So when he hit a ground ball into the hole at shortstop in the seventh inning he merely hobbled up the line. Ramirez, in an effort to atone for his three errors Tuesday, made a sliding stop on the ball, rose to his feet, set himself slowly and threw across the diamond for the out. All Cabrera could do as he reached first base was applaud the play. In the ninth inning, Ramirez took away another potential Cabrera hit by sliding to his left for the stop. Cabrera merely stared Ramirez down after that play.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42 ERA) to the mound Thursday at Minnesota in the opener of a four-game series. The Twins will counter with right-hander Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 2.77) in the 7:10 p.m. start from Target Field.