The White Sox (10-9) took the rubber match in Detroit (9-7) after a hot offensive start.
Dylan Cease and Matthew Boyd went toe-to-toe in Wednesday afternoon’s matchup. Both pitchers gave up early runs, but Cease was the better of the two as the Sox offense powered through in the middle innings.
Tim Anderson wasted no time in getting the offense going. After a long at-bat, he hammered a leadoff home run to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead.
Eloy Jimenez joined the party, going back-to-back with Anderson, doubling the lead to 2-0.
The Tigers answered right back in the bottom of the first. Jonathan Schoop went deep to center for a solo home run to cut the lead in half, 2-1 Sox.
Anderson continued his hot start with a triple down the line to begin the third. Two batters later, Jose Abreu drove him home with an RBI groundout to extend the Sox lead to 3-1.
In the Detroit fourth, Jeimer Candelario reached second on a double with one out. Victor Reyes struck out, but the ball got by James McCann, awarding Reyes first base. Two batters later, Grayson Greiner doubled home both runners to tie the game at 3-3. Just a few moments later, Willi Castro hit a two-run home run to give the Tigers their first lead of the day at 5-3.
In the top of the fifth, Anderson led off with a single to center. This put him a double shy of the cycle. Abreu walked to put two on with one out. Edwin Encarnacion grounded one to short, but Tim Anderson was able to coax Niko Goodrum into attempting to get an out at third by rounding the base. Everyone ended up being safe on the play to load the bases with just one out. Luis Robert followed by hitting a ball off the wall that cleared the bases and gave the White Sox a 6-5 lead.
Nomar Mazara drove him home with a double to center, extending the lead to 7-5.
Alex Colomé entered the game for the save attempt in the ninth. He converted successfully for his fifth save in as many attempts.
Dylan Cease recorded the win to improve to 3-1. Matthew Boyd received the loss to decline to 0-2. The White Sox will have a day off tomorrow before their probable series start with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. There is currently no definitive decision as to when this series will begin. It is possible they play Friday as the Cardinals have not had any positive tests since Sunday. Regardless, the series could push to Saturday. Nonetheless, the Sox improve to 8-1 in their last nine road games.
Winning a series always feels good, especially when you have to come from behind to do it. Outside of a few blips, Dylan Cease looked pretty good today. The biggest takeaway from his start is that he didn’t walk anyone. This team clearly plays better with Tim Anderson in the lineup. The guy just brings a different energy to the club. Let’s see if they can capitalize on this series win and bring some luck to Guaranteed Rate Field, where they have struggled so far in 2020. Don’t forget to listen to the Sox On Tap podcast for recaps and analysis wherever you listen to podcasts!