DETROIT — The Chicago White Sox (11-9) opened a lengthy 10-game road trip this evening in Detroit, taking on the Tigers (11-10). The White Sox entered the series red-hot, winners of four consecutive games including a sweep of the Royals this week, that saw the White Sox put 27 runs on the board.
In the top of the second inning White Sox third-baseman Todd Frazier homered to left-center field, his second homer of the season to cut the Tigers lead down to one. The White Sox would tie the game shortly after in the top of the second inning on an Avisail Garcia solo home run, his fifth of the season.
In the third inning Garcia would strike again, this time with an RBI-single, scoring Tim Anderson to give the White Sox a 3-2 lead.
The Tigers would tie the ballgame up in the bottom of the fifth inning on a RBI-single by Victor Martinez, making it a 3-3 game heading into the sixth inning.
In the top of the eighth inning the White Sox would take advantage of a pair of mistakes by the Detroit Tigers, when catcher Geovany Soto singled in Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia to make it a 5-3 White Sox lead.
After Nate Jones tossed a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning, Tim Anderson extended the White Sox lead to 7-3 in the top half of the ninth inning with a two-run home run to left field, the third White Sox home run on the evening.
Another scoreless performance by Tommy Kahnle in the bottom of the ninth inning secured the White Sox fifth consecutive victory and their 12th of the month of April. The “rebuilding” Chicago White Sox now sit alone atop the American League Central.
Avisail Garcia: 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Todd Frazier: 1-5, HR, RBI, 2 R
Anthony Swarzak: 2.0 IP, 0 H , 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB (W)
Justin Upton: 1-4, 2 RBI
Victor Martinez: 1-3, RBI
The White Sox continued to show that they can hit the ball, with back-to-back home runs in the second inning by Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia, and they also showed their ability to take advantage of the opponents mistakes when they plated a pair to break a tie in the eighth inning after two Tigers defensive blunders.
Mike Pelfrey was sub-par again, allowing three runs to the Tigers before being lifted from the game. Fortunately the White Sox bullpen was excellent once again on Friday evening.
The White Sox (12-9) and Tigers (11-11) will continue their three game weekend series on Saturday afternoon as the White Sox send Derek Holland (2-2, 1.99 ERA) to the mound to oppose Michael Fulmer (2-1, 2.88 ERA).
First Pitch: 12:10 pm (CT)