The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers ended up in familiar territory in Saturday night’s game. They went into extra innings tied 2-2, the same as they did in Friday’s series opener. This time the White Sox managed to escape with a win.
Davis Martin surrendered just one run on three hits and walked none in his six innings of work. An admirable performance when considering he didn’t know he would start until three hours before the game. Johnny Cueto was the scheduled starter but felt ill according to Miguel Cairo.
“I found out early this morning that I might be starting today instead of tomorrow,” said Martin, who had been recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. “I just got into my routine in case they needed me today.”
Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up two runs on two hits, and walked two. He tossed 6.1 innings. He and Martin got through the first five innings in 75 minutes.
Detroit opened the scoring in the 6th inning when Tucker Barnhardt scored on Victor Reyes’ two-out single to right. The White Sox made a couple of outstanding plays in the infield in the inning. Elvis Andrus made a lunging grab on Akil Baddoo's line drive and second baseman Romy González made a barehand pickup of Riley Greene's grounder and threw him out at first. Rodriguez exited in the seventh with one out and the bases loaded. A.J. Pollock delivered the go-ahead two-run single off of reliever Jason Foley.
The Tigers got even in the eighth inning when Akil Badoo scored from second on Riley Greene’s grounder. Andrus dove and kept the ball in the infield but hesitated to throw home, Baddoo ran through the stop sign and scored when Andrus’ throw went up the first-base line.
In the tenth, both teams were retired in order. Liam Hendriks bounced back from an ugly tenth inning the prior night. Elvis Andrus reached on a bunt when the ball was misplayed by Soto. Yoan Moncada delivered the go-ahead single scoring ghost runner Seby Zavala from second base.
Andrus and Moncada successfully executed a double steal and Eloy Jimenez’s sacrifice fly plated a crucial insurance run. Javy Baez’s two-out single drove in free runner Baddoo to make the score 4-3, but Aaron Bummer retired Spencer Torkelson to seal the win.
Miguel Cairo said Andrus decided to bunt and try the double steal.
“Elvis is very smart and the way he knows the game is unbelievable,” Cairo said. “On defense, on offense, and running the bases. He saw that he could attack that base and he did it.”
News and Notes
Michael Kopech was placed on the 15-day IL with shoulder inflammation. Cairo said the team hopes he can return before the season ends.
The Cleveland Guardians swept their doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. The improved by half a game in the standings despite the White Sox win.
What’s On Tap Next?
The White Sox have announced Vince Velasquez will start the finale of the series. Johnny Cueto is still under the weather. He will face the Tigers' Drew Hutchison on Sunday afternoon. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago and Sox On Tap will have the postgame.