The White Sox finally got some offense going in their Tuesday night win at Detroit.
Gio Gonzalez put together a decent start countering Tyler Alexander, who was touched up early inside Comerica Park.
Tim Anderson drew an eight-pitch walk in the top of the first. Jose Abreu drove him home with an RBI double. After Yasmani Grandal reached, Eloy Jimenez went oppo-taco for a three-run jack to make it 4-0.
In the top of the fourth, Edwin Encarnacion got all of one and sent it over the wall to extend the White Sox lead to 5-0.
The Tigers then clawed into the deficit a bit when Austin Romine sent a two-run home run over the wall to make it 5-2 White Sox.
In the top of the sixth, Abreu reached on a sharp single to left. Jimenez continued his hot night with a single to right that drove in Abreu to make it 6-2.
The White Sox piled on more runs in the seventh. Adam Engel was hit by a pitch to lead off. Anderson piggybacked with a single that pushed Engel to third. Yoan Moncada grounded out to third, but Engel was able to score to make it 7-2.
A few hitters later, Abreu continued hitting with a double to left. Anderson would score to give the White Sox a six-run lead, 8-2.
Ian Hamilton manned the mound for the Sox in the Tigers’ half of the ninth. Jonathan Schoop and Jeimer Candelario both walked to begin the inning. With Harold Castro at the plate, a pitch went off the glove of Grandal that allowed the runners to advance to second and third, respectively. Castro would then single home Schoop making it 8-3. Hamilton was then pulled from the game for Steve Cishek. Romine earned his third RBI of the night as he grounded into a fielder’s choice. Candelario scored on the play to cut the lead to 8-4.
Cishek was able to close it out after that as the White Sox took home an 8-4 win.
Eloy Jimenez has woken up and is crushing the ball. We can say the same about Edwin Encarnacion, who seemed nonexistent so far. It’s wildly important to keep pace with this American League Central. The Twins, Indians, and even the Tigers can create some distance from one another shortly and before we know it, there are ten games left with ground to make up.
The Sox and Tigers will have an afternoon rubber-match tilt tomorrow. Taking the series would be huge for the South Siders going into whatever this Cardinals matchup turns into… or not? Either way, I liked what I saw from Gio Gonzalez today and the bullpen overall as well. Let’s build off of this and keep what Dallas Keuchel said in our minds. First pitch tomorrow is at 12:10 CT.