Staying dangerous: Eloy Jiménez launched his 31st home run of the season in the victory. (Clinton Cole/South Side Hit Pen)
The Tigers struck first in this one, as they got on the board in the top of the first. After retiring the first two batters of the game, Reynaldo López threw an inside fastball to Miguel Cabrera that Cabrera turned on and drove out of the park. Cabrera’s blast was his 11th of the season, and it gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.
The Tigers nearly doubled their lead in the second, as John Hicks hit a two-out double with the bases empty. Catcher Grayson Greiner singled to left, but the Tigers’ aggressiveness came back to bite them, as Leury García threw Hicks out trying to score rather easily.
The White Sox took advantage of an error to turn things around in the third inning. Yolmer Sánchez led off the inning by reaching on an error by Tigers second baseman Harold Castro. After back-to-back singles by Adam Engel and Ryan Cordell, the White Sox had tied the game at one. With two outs, a passed ball by Greiner allowed Engel to race home for the go-ahead run.
In the fourth, the White Sox remained hot on offense. Sánchez turned on a breaking ball and drove it into the left-center gap to drive in Yoán Moncada. After that, the rally stalled a bit, as Ryan Cordell made a questionable decision to bunt with runners on the corners and one out, and he popped out. However, the White Sox added another insurance run, as García singled to right to put the White Sox up, 4-1.
The White Sox used the long ball to put this game out of reach. On his 26th birthday, Danny Mendick launched his second career home run.
The following inning, Eloy Jiménez clanked one off the left field foul pole to extend the White Sox’s lead to six.
Meanwhile, López was fantastic, as the Tigers could not score on him after Cabrera’s first inning home run. Including that home run, López only allowed three balls in play with an exit velocity of more than 95 mph. That will get the job done and then some.
With the victory, the White Sox improved to 71-88, while the Tigers fell to 46-113. The second game of the doubleheader and the penultimate game of the season will be played later tonight. The game will be on WGN, WGN 720 will have the radio coverage, and Brett Ballantini will have your SSHP coverage.