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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Tigers 4, White Sox 0

By Doug Padilla


 
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox couldn't close out the three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, falling 4-0 on Thursday.

How it happened: The projected pitchers’ duel between White Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Tigers righty Max Scherzer delivered as expected. Sale struck out 10 and gave up five hits over seven innings; the only run he allowed came on Victor Martinez's fifth-inning home run. The Tigers tacked on three insurance runs against the bullpen. Scherzer pitched a three-hitter in the first complete game of his career. The White Sox are now 4-5 against the Tigers this season.

What it means: Despite getting swept by the Los Angeles Angels last weekend, the White Sox have still won two of their past three series and three of their past five. The White Sox are 16-12 against American League Central teams this season, one year after going 26-50 against their most common opponents. The White Sox have finished under .500 against AL Central teams in four of the past five seasons.

Outside the box: Sale struck out 10 batters for the 13th time in his career and third this season, moving past Javier Vazquez for the third-most double-digit strikeout games in club history. His other two double-digit strikeout games this season technically came back-to-back, although one was April 17 before he went on the disabled list with an arm-muscle strain and the next was his first game off the DL, May 22 against the New York Yankees.

Off beat: Didn’t it figure that Martinez would be the one who would get to Sale? The Tigers designated hitter entered the game 12-for-22 (.545) against the White Sox ace in his career. It was Martinez’s second career home run against Sale. Players on the Tigers’ 40-man roster had a combined 142 at-bats against Sale heading into the game, combining for a .261 batting average, five home runs and 12 RBIs.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (3-6, 3.59 ERA) to the mound Friday against the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series. The Royals will counter with right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.