CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox fell 7-1 to the Detroit Tigers on Friday and have now dropped nine of their past 10 games.
How it happened: White Sox starter Scott Carroll got no help from his defense, and the Tigers piled on the right-hander for seven runs on 10 hits over five-plus innings. Carroll was forced to get five outs in the fourth inning after Jose Abreu made two errors and the Tigers scored five times. Adam Eaton had a hit in each of his first three trips to the plate against Tigers starter Justin Verlander. Abreu added three hits for the White Sox.
What it means: The dog days of August have held true to form as the White Sox have failed to muster much energy during the past month. Friday’s defeat gives them a 7-18 record in August, and there are still three games remaining before the calendar flips to September. The White Sox have scored three runs or fewer in 18 of their past 21 games and have just two multi-homer games over their past 27 contests.
Outside the box: The White Sox got a look at the Verlander of old Friday. The former Cy Young Award winner was 1-3 with a 5.51 ERA over his previous five starts against the White Sox, in which he allowed 44 hits. But in the 13 starts against Chicago before that, he was 12-1 with a 2.23 ERA and allowed 75 hits. He gave up one run on nine hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts on Friday.
Off beat: Talk over the past few days had been about Abreu and how his defense has steadily improved all year from shaky footwork in April to a steady hand in five short months. Then he went out and made the two errors Friday night. “More important than anything, I feel like I’m gaining confidence,” Abreu said about his defense through an interpreter before the game.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (10-3, 2.03 ERA) to the mound Saturday in the first game of a day/night doubleheader. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) in the 12:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field. In Game 2, the White Sox will send righty Chris Bassitt against Tigers left-hander Kyle Ryan in the 6:10 p.m. start. Both pitchers will be making their major league debuts.