Friday, August 2, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tigers 2, White Sox 1
By Chuck Pleiness Special to ESPNChicago.com
DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox just can’t find a way to win a ballgame, dropping their eighth straight, 2-1, Friday night to the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
How it happened: The Tigers manufactured a run in the fourth inning, getting Prince Fielder to cross home plate after a leadoff double. Victor Martinez sacrificed Fielder over to third, and then newly acquired Jose Iglesias singled him in with two outs. Austin Jackson then cranked out his seventh homer of the season on a 1-1 pitch in the bottom of the fifth to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.
After sending five batters to the plate in the first inning, the White Sox sent the minimum 14 to the plate over the next 4 2/3 innings before Alexei Ramirez doubled and later scored on a single by Alex Rios. Of the 21 batters Chicago sent to the plate through six innings, 15 didn’t get the ball out of the infield.
The White Sox grounded into three double plays on the night, one away from matching their season high of four, which they have done three times.
What it means: Chicago has lost eight straight games and 14 of its past 17. The White Sox are now 27 games under .500 this season and 22 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central. They had not been 27-plus games under .500 since ending the 1976 season at 64-97. Chicago continues to struggle on the road this season, dropping to 18-39 (.316), which calculates to the lowest winning percentage in the major leagues this season. The White Sox began the year 10-12 away from home.
Outside the box: One bright spot for the White Sox was the milestone Adam Dunn reached. Dunn recorded hits 1,499 and 1,500 of his career. Rios also had two hits, giving him 1,483 for his career. The major league record for hits in a career is held by Pete Rose with 4,256, followed by Ty Cobb (4,189), Hank Aaron (3,771), Stan Musial (3,630) and Tris Speaker (3,514).
Offbeat: With one out in the top of the third, Alejandro De Aza laid down a perfect bunt and reached first base without a throw by Tigers catcher Brayan Pena. De Aza was able to deaden the ball just on the infield after one big hop toward the third-base line. It was his sixth bunt single this season on 11 attempts. Last season he had eight hits on 14 bunt attempts for singles.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (2-8, 4.57 ERA) to the mound Saturday in the second game of their three-game series with the Tigers. Detroit counters with its ace this season, Max Scherzer (15-1, 3.01). The game begins at 6:05 p.m. CT at Comerica Park.