To say that the Detroit Tigers had to beat the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night is an understatement. With just a game remaining with the White Sox after Wednesday, and not trying to bury themselves farther down in the division, it was a huge win for the Tigers.
Early in the game it was looking like another night where the Tigers’ offense was not going to score a single run off the replacement starter, Gavin Floyd.
Floyd, who was put into the rotation to replace Fransico Liriano, was cruising along. In his first four innings of work, Floyd surrendered only two hits and no runs. But in the fifth inning the Tigers finally got to Floyd.
Brennan Boesch lead off the inning with a single. Then Floyd walked Jhonny Peralta to put two on, no one out. After a successful sacrifice bunt by Alex Avila, the Tigers were in business to do some damage. Omar Infante scored the tying run on a ground out, then Austin Jackson singled in Peralta to put the Tigers ahead 2-1 and chased Floyd from the game. Miguel Cabrera finished the inning off with a RBI of his own off Hector Santiago, making it 3-1.
But it was in the top of the seventh when the Tigers’ offense exploded. After Santiago recorded the first two outs, the Tigers would record four straight hits off the White Sox bullpen. The biggest hit being a Prince Fielder three-run home run. Which knocked Fielder out of a recent slump.
Eventually the Tigers would go up 8-1, but the White Sox would make it interesting. The Sox would rally back and score fun runs. Thanks in part from a huge night from Kevin Youkills, who hit two home runs and collected four RBIs on the night.
Jose Valverde made it a bit interesting in the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate, but the Tigers still collected a much needed win.
Max Scherzer was outstanding again, even though the White Sox got his pitch count up early. Still, Scherzer went six innings, struck out seven, and collected his 16th win.
Tomorrow is the series finale. Justin Verlander (13-8) faces off against Chris Sale (16-6). Much like the last time these two aces faced off, with a win the Tigers can pull into a first place tie with the White Sox.
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