Rapid Reaction: Tigers 14, White Sox 4
September, 12, 2011
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's struggles against the Detroit Tigers continued in a 14-4 defeat on Monday in the opener of a three-game series.
How it happened: Just like the Tigers rallied against John Danks on Sept. 3, they knocked around the left-hander again on Monday. Danks gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits over five innings. Where reliever Shane Lindsay had a rough time the last time these teams met, on Monday Josh Kinney gave up six runs in the sixth inning. The White Sox have been outscored 40-6 since leading 8-1 before losing that Sept. 3 game.
What it means: The White Sox and Tigers were both disappointing teams in August that had a chance to take advantage with a winning stretch in September. The Tigers became that team, while the White Sox continued to stay mired in mediocrity. The difference in the two clubs now has been glaring in their last four head-to-head games.
Beyond the box: The White Sox have lost 11 games to the Tigers this season, matching their total from 2004. They have not lost 12 games in a season to the Tigers at least since 1969.
What's next: White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd (12-10, 4.35 ERA) will take the mound in the middle game of the series against the Tigers. Detroit will counter with right-hander Justin Verlander (22-5, 2.24) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.