Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Tigers 2
August, 31, 2014
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox earned a 6-2 victory Sunday over the Detroit Tigers, ending the four-game series in a split.
How it happened: Adam Eaton, Carlos Sanchez, Avisail Garcia and Tyler Flowers each had two hits as the White Sox toppled the Tigers, who committed four errors. Tigers starter Rick Porcello wasn’t horrible, but he did give up 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings while dealing with all the extra outs he had to get. Of the six runs Porcello gave up, only three were earned. White Sox starter Jose Quintana gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings.
What it means: The trade of Adam Dunn early Sunday gave Andy Wilkins the chance to make his debut at first base. The MVP candidate in the International League, after hitting 30 home runs with 85 RBIs in 127 games at Charlotte, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his debut. On defense, he failed to handle a throw in the dirt from shortstop Leury Garcia, resulting in an infield single. Wilkins, who bats left-handed, is expected to take over the Dunn role over the final month of the season.
Outside the box: Jose Abreu recorded his 99th RBI, moving him one short of becoming the fourth White Sox rookie to hit the 100-mark in that category. Ron Kittle was the last, collecting 100 RBIs in 1983. With 32 doubles and 33 home runs already this season, Abreu is looking to become just the fourth rookie in major league history with 30 doubles, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in his rookie season. The others were Hal Trosky (1934), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001).
Off beat: It was the White Sox who had an unfamiliar defense of Wilkins at first base, Sanchez at second and Leury Garcia at shortstop, but it was the Tigers with all the fielding issues. Three of Detroit's season-high four errors were made in the first two innings, and it should have been four errors in the first two innings after left fielder J.D. Martinez dropped Adam Eaton's first-inning fly ball in left. It was scored a double. The Tigers aren’t one of the best fielding teams anyway, sitting 23rd in baseball with 87 errors at the start of the day.
Up next: The White Sox have an off day Monday and will open a brief two-game series at Minnesota on Tuesday when White Sox right-hander hector Noesi (8-9, 4.75 ERA) faces Twins left-hander Tommy Milone (6-4, 4.08), in a 7:10 p.m. CST start from Target Field.