The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers used the sixth inning of Friday night’s contest to decide the winner. It would be the swing of Eloy Jimenez that put the Sox over the hump to seal the team’s win.
Lucas Giolito and Casey Mize countered each other on the bump for their respective teams and threw well until the sixth inning. Giolito struck out the first four batters he faced and Mize carried a no-hitter into the sixth. In the end, the Sox bullpen came up big again to hold the Tigers down after a big swing from their left fielder.
In the top of the sixth, the Tigers finally broke open the scoring. Jonathan Schoop started it with a single. Miguel Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario both walked to load the bases. After a strikeout, Jorge Bonifacio hit a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. A wild pitch by Giolito allowed both runners to advance to second and third. Daz Cameron drove them both home with an RBI-single to right, 3-0 Detroit. This chased Giolito from the game for Evan Marshall.
The White Sox answered right back in their half. Nomar Mazara walked to open the frame. Yolmer Sanchez doubled to left to put Mazara on third with nobody out. Nick Madrigal pushed a ball to second for an RBI-groundout to trim the deficit to 3-1. Jose Cisnero was called upon to replace Mize. The new reliever plunked Tim Anderson with a two-strike pitch. Eloy Jimenez sent a moonshot to left field that found its way out for a three-run jack to give the Sox a 4-3 advantage. It was Jimenez’s 12th home run of the season and a deflating event for Mize, who pitched so well all night.
After Codi Heuer came in and pitched a flawless eighth inning, Alex Colomé entered the ninth to close things out. Cameron reached on a single to begin the Tigers’ last chance and was erased by a fielder’s choice off the bat of Isaac Paredes. The Sox closer got Victor Reyes to strike out to end the game. White Sox win 4-3.
This marks the team’s 28th win and keeps them in first place in the American league Central. Jose Abreu’s hitting streak ends at 22 games. Game two of this three-game set is tomorrow at 6:10 PM CT. Reynaldo Lopez will get the start for the club opposite of Michael Fulmer. Be sure to check out Sox On Tap for everything south side.