The Chicago White Sox pummeled the Detroit Tigers on Saturday to move to 13 games over .500 and remain atop the American League Central.
Reynaldo Lopez was recalled and slotted in for the start and didn't disappoint. His five innings helped quiet the Detroit offense while the Sox bats went off. 14 runs on 19 hits, a four-hit game for Tim Anderson, and a pair of home runs from Jose Abreu were all included in the onslaught. The season series is now 8–1 good guys. Below are highlights of what was a fun night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Sox wasted no time getting on the board in the first. Tim Anderson led off with a single to right and Yasmani Grandal followed that by drawing a one-out walk. Both advanced on a passed ball by Greyson Greiner. Jose Abreu drove home Anderson with a sharp single to center to give the Sox a 1–0 lead soon after. Eloy Jimenez followed with a RBI double that scored Grandal to extend the lead to 2–0. Edwin Encarnacion joined the fun with a RBI single that scored Abreu to give his team a 3–0 upper hand.
In the bottom of the third, Abreu got things started with a single for his second hit of the game. Jimenez did the same for his second as well. Nomar Mazara came through with a two-out RBI double to extend the team's lead to 5–0 and chase Michael Fulmer from the game. Daniel Norris entered and was backed up by a great catch by Victor Reyes to end the inning.
More runs were added on in the Sox half of the fourth. Anderson reached on an infield single for his third hit. Grandal drew a one-out walk, and both were driven home on a three-run home run by Abreu. After just three hits, the Sox were in double digits with an eight-run lead.
In the fifth with Rony Garcia pitching for Detroit, Nick Madrigal got his first hit of the game, a lead-off single. Anderson got his fourth hit of the night to put two on with nobody out. Moncada grounded into a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners. Grandal singled home Madrigal to make it 9–0 White Sox. Abreu continued his hot night with another home run to make it 12–0.
Jimmy Cordero entered the game for Lopez in the sixth after his great start for a guy who wasn't expected to make this appearance. His line was: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
In the bottom of the sixth with Nick Ramirez pitching for the Tigers, Luis Robert reached on an infield single to become the last player in the starting lineup to record a hit. Adam Engel came on to pinch hit for Mazara and singled as well. Madrigal followed with a base knock of his own to load the bases. Anderson grounded into a fielder's choice to plate another run to give the Sox a baker's dozen, 13–0.
Alex McRae pitched a good seventh for the Sox after coming in for Cordero.
After the stretch, Abreu drew a walked to begin the frame. Jimenez singled to right for his third hit which chased Abreu to third. Two batters later, Robert hit a sacrifice fly to put another run on the board, 14–0.
Bernardo Flores made his second appearance of the year in the top of the ninth for the Sox. Despite a few baserunners, the shutout was preserved and the win was sealed, 14–0 was the final.
The club goes for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 PM CT. Spencer Turnbull has the ball for Detroit. Check out Sox On Tap for everything south side as we approach the final stretch of the season.