The Tigers and a rainy Monday evening in Detroit couldn’t spoil the long-awaited season debut of Lance Lynn. Jose Abreu added a pair of two-run homers in a 9-5 series-opening win for the Chicago White Sox.
Lynn was his usual self on the mound and displayed his brand of intensity and grit that White Sox fans have grown accustomed to. The first of two Abreu home runs staked the visitors a two-run lead in the first. More to come on steak. However, Lynn got off to a rough start by allowing a homer to Willi Castro on his first pitch. Two singles followed the solo shot and the Tigers evened the score at two.
In the second inning, Harold Castro deposited a single into shallow center field to score the Tigers’ third run. Lynn put his hands on his knees and hung his head. But he improved as he felt his way through his first start, recording scoreless third and fourth innings to hold Detroit at three runs through the rest of his 4.1 innings of work. The big right-hander allowed 10 hits, walked none, and fanned four on 88 pitches in his season debut.
Something We’ve Missed
Following the second inning, Lance Lynn had a heated exchange with third base coach Joe McEwing in the dugout.
“He was trying to get me going,” Lynn said of the argument that likely was about defensive shifts and alignments. “He kept telling me that filet is better than ribeye. I’m more of a ribeye and potatoes guy. He’s a filet and like, Caesar salad. I just told him he was wrong, and then he went back to coaching third.”
Glad to have you back, Lance.
Detroit starter Rony Garcia allowed four runs on five hits, struck out four, and issued two free passes. He managed to keep the score within a run upon exiting and Will Vest added a scoreless inning of relief. But the rest of the Tigers’ bullpen faltered.
In the fifth inning, Luis Robert broke the 3-3 tie with an RBI single to score Danny Mendick. A costly error in the sixth by Tigers’ reliever Andrew Chafin opened the floodgates. Chafin fielded Reese McGuire’s sac bunt but threw wildly to third, allowing two runs to score.
The White Sox bullpen was shaky as well. Kyle Crick walked two in the sixth before giving way to Bennett Sousa. Those two walks came around to score, bringing Detroit within two.
Jose Abreu came to the plate in the ninth with no outs and Robert on first. He took the first offering from Joe Jimenez 444 feet to dead center for his second home run of the game. That long ball put the Sox ahead for good 9-5.
On to pitch the bottom of the ninth, Kendall Graveman issued a walk but recorded two strikeouts and a groundout to end the game.
Prior to the game, Yasmani Grandal landed on the injured list due to back spasms.
The Chicago White Sox requested waivers for Ryan Burr for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.
Jake Burger left midway through the game with a bruised right hand after being struck by a pitch. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Pale Hose will look to win the series Tuesday with Dylan Cease toeing the rubber. Detroit is planning a bullpen game with Drew Hutchinson taking the mound first. First pitch is at 6:10 PM CT and NBC Sports Chicago will carry the broadcast from the Motor City.
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