The Chicago White Sox (12-11) topped the Detroit Tigers (9-11) by a score of 7-2 in their series opener on Monday.
Matthew Boyd and Gio Gonzalez took the hill for their respective teams.
The fireworks started right away for the White Sox in the bottom of the first. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada went back-to-back, giving their team a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Anderson put together another great at-bat that ended in an opposite-field home run. His second of the game to extend the White Sox lead to 3-0.
In the top of the fourth, Miguel Cabrera led off with a single. Jonathan Schoop followed with a single to left field. After Cameron Maybin walked and Austin Romine struck out, Isaac Paredes singled to score two, making the score 3-2 White Sox.
In the fifth, Cabrera walked with two outs. Gonzalez’s pitch count grew upwards of 100, so he was pulled for Steve Cishek. Schoop singled up the middle but no more damage was done. The score was 3-2 Sox after five.
- Final line for Gio Gonzalez: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
In the Tigers half of the sixth, Yasmani Grandal fielded a ball in front of home plate and recorded the out, but he later left the game with back stiffness. He is listed day-to-day.
The home run party continued for the Sox in their half of the sixth. With Rony Garcia on the mound for Detroit, Luis Robert sent a solo shot into the night sky to extend the lead to 4-2.
Danny Mendick then sent a laser over the left field wall, the team’s fifth home run of the night, 5-2.
Sick of home runs? Neither are we. Kyle Funkhouser got a taste of what the night had in store for Detroit pitching in the eighth. Edwin Encarnacion doubled down the left field line and Ryan Goins replaced him as a pinch-runner. Robert then smacked his second homer of the night that carried an exit velocity of 115.5 MPH to extend the Sox lead to 7-2. This was the sixth home run of the game off of White Sox bats.
Jose Ruiz entered the game to finish things off in the ninth. The Tigers went quietly as the Sox win 7-2. Game two of this four-game set is tomorrow night at 7:10 CT. Check out the Sox On Tap podcast for reactions to this six-homer performance!