Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights: Good for What Ails You
The White Sox treated their fans at U.S. Cellular Field, and those watching on television and listening to the radio, to a epic win just when we all needed it the most.
Down 7-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning, the Sox (32-32) fought back to tie the score in the ninth and walked off with a 10-9, 12-inning victory over the Tigers in the opener of the three-game series. It was also the biggest comeback by the Good Guys since June 28, 2002 when they overcame an 8-0 deficit at home to defeat the Cubs, 13-9.
In the bottom of the 12th, J.B. Shuck led off with a double down the right-field line. Tim Anderson laid down a perfect bunt, moving Shuck to third and Adam Eaton singled up the middle with a drawn-in infield scoring Shuck (pictured below) with the game-winner.
The Sox got on the board in the bottom of the third via Jose Abreu‘s ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot, and Dioner Navarro made it 7-3 in the fourth with his third homer. In the fifth, RBI by Abreu, Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie made it a 7-6 game.
The Tigers went up 8-6 in the top of the sixth and the Sox came back in the bottom of the frame with an Eaton sac fly to make it 8-7.
Detroit scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth, but the premium wasn’t worth much as the Sox came back to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth.
With one out, Cabrera singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Abreu walked and Frazier reached first after grounding into a force out, Cabrera landing on third. With two outs, Lawrie’s single drove in Cabrera and Avi Garcia followed with a clutch single that scored Frazier from second and tied the score at 9-9. With neither team scoring in the 10th and 11th, the ninth-inning rally set the stage for the 12th inning heroics.
There were plenty of heroes on offense as the Sox pounded out 16 hits. Along with the game-winner, Eaton collected four hits, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Cabrera knocked out three hits and scored twice, Abreu had a single, the homer, walked twice and drove in three. Lawrie had three hits with two runs batted in and Navarro walked three times and scored twice as well as belting the long one.
The bullpen, in relief of James Shields, gave up only two runs in seven innings. The work of Tyler Danish (0.1 IP), Dan Jennings (0.2), Matt Albers (1.1), Nate Jones (2.0), David Robertson (1.0) and Zach Duke (1.0) did the trick. Duke got credit for the win.
The final stages of the comeback:
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 3.57) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Zimmerman (8-3, 3.30) for Detroit.
Quote of the Day
Eaton on the win:
“It’s huge. To claw back the way we did, especially in the ninth to tie it up, it’s a huge win for the team. We can hopefully hop on this wave and ride it a little bit.”
Abreu, Cabrera Surging
Abreu is batting .410 with three doubles, three home runs, nine RBI, seven runs scored and seven multi-hit efforts over his last 10 games. He recorded his 20th multi-hit game of the season.
Cabrera is hitting .371 with four doubles, a homer, five RBI and seven runs scored over his last nine games. He registered his 24th multi-hit game of the season and fifth contest of three-plus hits.
Following last night’s game, the White Sox optioned RHP Danish to Class AAA Charlotte. Today, the Sox recalled RHP Michael Ynoa from the Knights. He has made 21 relief appearances this season for Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham combined and has limited right-handed batters to a .210 average.
Extra-Special Draft Pick
Enjoy reading how Sox groundskeeper Roger Bossard reacted when the Sox told him they were drafting his son Brandon.
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.87) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (1-6, 4.68) for Detroit.
Photo of the Day
A Hall of Fame pancake suitable for a Big Hurt breakfast (pancake art by Dan Drake, known as Dr. Dan the Pancake Man).