The forecast in Detroit was clear and pairing that with a delayed start from a pregame ceremony, White Sox fans waited patiently to get their first full taste of a Michael Kopech start this afternoon. After going for only two innings in his MLB debut, Kopech was back out on the mound today and picked up his first career win as the White Sox beat the Tigers 7-2.
It was clear that Michael Kopech had a plan when he took the mound today. The first time through the order, he went fastball heavy and attacked hitters high in the zone. The right-handed flamethrower would see success early with his fastball, ringing up two hitters in the first inning. He fooled Nick Castellanos to end the inning by painting the outside corner with a 98 mph fastball that Castellanos watched go by him for a strikeout.
In the second inning, Kopech would give up his first two hits of the game, but would leave both runners stranded to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard. Each time he allowed batters to reach base, he would settle in and keep the runners stranded with no additional damage done.
The second time through the order, Michael Kopech would begin to mix in his off-speeds to keep the Tigers off-balance and it worked out in his favor. In the fourth inning, Kopech slipped on a few pitches as he hit two batters and gave up a single. He would proceed to rely on his off-speeds, particularly his slider in this instance, and he picked up a strikeout and a fly out to escape the jam without allowing a run.
After loading the bases in the fourth, Michael Kopech responded with a 9 pitch inning where he only faced the minimum. He began to go back to his fastball, but also mixed in his slider and changeup to help him work through a quick inning.
The Tigers would tag Kopech for a run in the sixth inning after three consecutive hits. He would escape a jam again, this time by an inning ending double play with minimal damage done as the one run was all the Tigers would get when facing the right-hander. This would be Michael Kopech‘s last inning this afternoon, wrapping up a great start for him.
Final Line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, (W)
Seeing Michael Kopech work through a couple of scoring threats on his second and third time through the order without allowing the Tigers to score more than one run was really exciting to watch. When he was having trouble locating his fastball towards the end of his outing, he started using his off-speeds more. Rick Renteria never panicked, letting Kopech work through it and he successfully kept the Tigers quiet all afternoon.
Congratulations to Michael Kopech, who has earned his first win at the major league level, which only took him two starts to earn that achievement.
The White Sox put four runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Avisail Garcia singled in two runs and Daniel Palka blasted a two-run home run to give the White Sox a 4-0 lead. They would add insurance in the sixth inning as Yoan Moncada drove in Omar Narvaez on an RBI triple, making it a 5-0 game.
After the Tigers responded to make it a 5-1 game, the White Sox would add more insurance runs, making sure they kept Kopech in a great position to get the win. Tim Anderson brought Adam Engel home on a sacrifice fly and Omar Narvaez drew a bases loaded walk, making it 7-1. The Tigers added one more run in the bottom of the ninth, but the game was out of reach at that point with the White Sox winning 7-2
The White Sox will be back in action tomorrow night as they head to New York to face the Yankees. Carlos Rodon will take the mound with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 CT.
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