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Kopech Shines, Robert 'Day-to-Day' as White Sox Shutout Tigers 2-0

The White Sox blanked the Tigers on Friday night behind a Michael Kopech gem and a clutch hit from Andrew Vaughn.
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Michael Kopech struck out a career-high 11 batters in six no-hit innings as Chicago White Sox pitching combined for a three-hit, 2-0 shutout over the visiting Detroit Tigers Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Andrew Vaughn (1-4, single and 2 RBI) broke a scoreless tie with a two-run single to right field off the end of his bat. Tigers' reliever Alex Lange surrendered the runs in the bottom of the seventh to give the Sox (57-56) their margin of victory.

Despite the win, the White Sox offensive struggles continue. They’ve score three runs or less in eight of their last nine games.

Kopech Dominates, Pitching Prevails

Kopech rebounded after a rough outing in front of his home town fans last week in Texas. He was pulled after six no-hit innings and 85 pitches. He walked off the mound in the sixth inning waving a No. 1 indicating he was trying to convince the coaches to let him pitch another inning.

“Before I went out (for the sixth inning) they told me it was going to be my last inning,” Kopech said after the game. “I was trying to bargain for another one before I got to the dugout. I thought I might have convinced Tony (La Russa) but they were not on the side of me going back out.”

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“That’s as far as he should have gone,” said La Russa after the game. “For this game. For the rest of the year. For his career. You may think I’m old school, but I’m new school. If we’re going to change the definition of a win. If we win the game, he should get the win."

Reynaldo Lopez and Kendall Gravemen pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings and closer Liam Hendriks shut down the Tigers in the ninth for his 24th save.

Tigers' (43-70) starter, Daniel Norris, who was DFA'd by the Chicago Cubs earlier this season, pitched 4.2 innings allowing no runs on four hits.

Injuries and Issues

White Sox fans held their collective breath as centerfielder Luis Robert suffered a sprained left wrist on a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the seventh. Robert left the game and was replaced by Adam Engel. X-rays were negative and Robert is listed as “day-to-day.”

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the White Sox and gave them their first three-game winning streak at Guaranteed Rate Field this season. It was their first win to open a series at home since June 20 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The White Sox remain in third place and 3.5 games behind division-leading Cleveland, who defeated the Blue Jays, 8-0.

What's On Tap Next?

The series resumes at 6:10 p.m. CDT Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Saturday's pitching matchup features Matt Manning for the Tigers and Lucas Giolito for the Sox.