Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Tigers 1
September, 9, 2013
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- After winning just once on a 10-game road trip, the Chicago White Sox opened a 10-game home stand Monday with a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
How it happened: Chris Sale dominated the Tigers, giving up just four hits over eight innings with eight strikeouts, all while improving to 11-12. Paul Konerko gave the White Sox an early lead with a two-run single, boosting his RBI total to 49. The Tigers scored their only run in the seventh inning on a Victor Martinez homer. Dayan Viciedo and Josh Phegley also added RBIs for the White Sox.
What it means: Sale reached the 200-strikeout plateau Monday, doing it faster than anybody in franchise history by innings pitched and appearances. After a frustrating season, when Sale wasn’t offered much run support, he’s still having a strong close to the season. Sale is now 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA over his past six outings. The White Sox have also averaged more than five runs per game for him over those six outings
Outside the box: It was the second matchup this season between the American League All-Star starter, Max Scherzer, and the AL’s winning pitcher in the game, Sale. After Scherzer won the first matchup on July 22, Sale got his revenge. Both pitchers gave up two runs over eight innings in the first meeting. Scherzer and Sale both entered the game ranked in the top five in the AL in ERA, strikeouts, opponents’ batting average, quality starts and strikeouts per nine innings.
Offbeat: Just three batters into the game, the Tigers lost their best hitter and their manager. Miguel Cabrera appeared to get hit in the right foot by a Sale pitch but wasn’t awarded first base by plate umpire Brian Gorman. Cabrera fouled off the next pitch and was ejected when he appeared to say something. Tigers manager Jim Leyland argued and was ejected, too.
Up next: White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will make the second start of his career Tuesday. He will be opposed by Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello (11-8, 4.76) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.