CHICAGO – The White Sox made a successful attempt at opening their 2017 season on Tuesday afternoon after Monday’s disappointing rain-out, unfortunately the results were less than to be desired for the south siders the second time around.
Opening Day 2.0 began similarly to yesterday’s initial attempt with heavy cloud coverage and a light drizzle, and the game started out equally as gloom for the White Sox. After the White Sox grabbed an early lead in the home half of the first inning on the strength of a lead-off single by Tyler Saladino and an RBI double by Melky Cabrera, the wheels fell off of the bus for the good guys in the second inning.
The Tigers tagged White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana for five runs in the top of the second, on the strength of a pair of home runs. JaCoby Jones opened the scoring for Detroit when he took Quintana’s 2-2 offering deep for a three-run home run, scoring Justin Upton and Mikie Mahtook to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning the long-ball would bite Quintana once again, this time as he allowed a homer of the solo variety to the Tigers second-baseman Ian Kinsler, giving the Tigers a 6-1 lead.
The White Sox would chip away at the Detroit lead a little bit in the home half of the fourth inning. After collecting his second double of the afternoon, Melky Cabrera advanced to third base on a wild pitch and then scored on a fielders choice when Jose Abreu grounded out to Miguel Cabrera at first base, cutting the Detroit lead to 6-2.
Quintana’s day would end after 5.1 innings pitched after allowing six runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out only two Tigers hitters. The Tigers Opening Day starter, Justin Verlander would end his day with a final line of 6.1 innings pitched, 2 R, 6 H, 10 K, 2 BB.
The White Sox would open the bottom of the ninth inning with Cody Asche reaching base after Tigers’ reliever Shane Greene plunked him on the elbow on a full count delivery. Avisail Garcia followed up the hit-by-pitch with a single to left field, giving the White Sox runners at first and second with nobody out.
After an Omar Narvaez ground out that moved both Asche and Garcia into scoring position, rookie Jacob May would drive in Asche to cut the Tigers lead to 6-3 on a ground out to second base. Tyler Saladino would end the ball game on a fly-out to the Tigers catcher, James McCann, as the White Sox dropped contest number one of 162 to the Tigers by a score of 6-2 on Tuesday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Melky Cabrera: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, R
Tyler Saladino: 2-4, R, BB
Justin Verlander: 6.1 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 10 K, 2 BB
JaCoby Jones: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, R
Tyler Saladino looked good in the lead-off spot on Tuesday afternoon, collecting a pair of hits and a walk, reaching base safely in three of his four plate appearances. Saladino singled to open the first inning, and scored on an RBI double by Melky Cabrera two hitters later, an ideal way to begin an offensive attack at the top of the order.
The White Sox bullpen turned in a solid effort on Tuesday, with Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam, and Michael Ynoa combining for 3.2 innings of scoreless work, allowing only one hit, while striking out three.
While the White Sox aren’t expected to win many ballgames this season, and we all know that things are going to get worse before they get better through the course of this rebuilding process, but it was still disappointing to open the season with Jose Quintana getting shelled.
Three Tigers’ long-balls did the southpaw in on the afternoon, and dropped him to 0-1 on the campaign, with an ERA that currently sits at 10.13.
The White Sox will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon in the second game of their opening series with the Detroit Tigers, and will send James Shields (0-0) to the mound to oppose Tigers starting pitcher, Jordan Zimmermann (0-0).
First Pitch: 1:10 pm (CT)