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Beau Brieske Flirts With No-Hitter, White Sox 9th-Inning Rally Falls Short in Loss

Dylan Cease had a stellar outing but was outdueled by Beau Brieske as the Sox dropped the series opener to the Tigers.
Javy Baez Home Run Detroit Tigers Chicago White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox fell 2-1 to the Detroit Tigers in the series opener. Despite a stellar outing, Dylan Cease took the loss. The Sox offense rallied late but came up short. They could only muster four hits, two walks, and one run against Detroit pitching. Tigers starter Beau Brieske no-hit the South Siders through the first five innings. The White Sox are 39-42 at the halfway point of the season.

No-Hit Through 5

Detroit righty Beau Brieske held the White Sox scoreless and hitless through the first five innings of the game. He featured good command and control of his changeup, effectively altering speeds to keep White Sox hitters off-balance. Josh Harrison broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the sixth. Brieske exited the game after 6.1 innings pitched, allowing only two hits and one walk.

The White Sox wasted a strong start from Dylan Cease, who tossed six innings and allowed one run, three hits and three walks while fanning eight. The only run he surrendered was a solo home run by Javier Baez in the fourth.

Jimmy Lambert contributed two solid innings of relief for the Sox. He pitched a scoreless and hitless seventh and eighth inning while issuing just one walk.

The Tigers added a late insurance run that proved to be the difference in the game. Spencer Torkelson deposited a pinch-hit single that scored Eric Haase, who reached on a single of his own to lead off the ninth.

Fake Rally

The White Sox had an opportunity to get on the board in the sixth inning but couldn't convert. Reese McGuire laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Josh Harrison to second base. However, Tim Anderson grounded out and AJ Pollock lined out to end the threat.

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Chicago finally got on the board in the ninth inning. Tigers lefty closer Gregory Soto recorded the first out on the groundout by Leury Garcia. Anderson followed with a base hit and Soto walked Pollock on four pitches. Luis Robert poked a double down the first-base line to plate Anderson. But, an overzealous Jose Abreu struck out on a pitch well above the zone and Eloy Jimenez grounded out to end the game.

Notes

Tim Anderson snapped an 0-19 stretch with a single in the ninth.

Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Cease lost for the first time in 12 career starts vs. the Tigers.

Andrew Vaughn was not in the lineup due to an illness.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Chicago White Sox will send righty Lucas Giolito to the bump for the second game of the weekend series. He will face Detroit Tigers lefty Tarik Skubel. Giolito allowed just three hits over six innings in a win at San Francisco on Sunday. First pitch is at 7:10 PM CT and the action will air on NBC Sports Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.