DETROIT -- The White Sox went through their first 22 outs Friday night at Comerica Park without getting a runner to third base. By the time they made their 23rd out in the eighth inning, they scored six runs to beat the Tigers, 6-3.Omar Narvaez (Narvy) started the rally with
DETROIT -- The White Sox went through their first 22 outs Friday night at Comerica Park without getting a runner to third base. By the time they made their 23rd out in the eighth inning, they scored six runs to beat the Tigers, 6-3.
Omar Narvaez (Narvy) started the rally with a single, the third hit of the game for the White Sox. The bases were eventually loaded with one out and Yoan Moncada (Yoyo) at the plate, facing Joe Jimenez (Jo Jo). Moncada, who was 0-for-3 in Thursday night's loss, laced a two-run double off the right-field wall to bring the White Sox within one.
The first two pitches to Moncada ran on the inside of the plate, which allowed him to adjust and get his hands through on the pitch he hit with an exit velocity of 98.6 mph.
"Those were good pitches," Moncada said through an interpreter. "I reacted. My hands were inside the ball, and my motion was fast. I just reacted."
The White Sox entered Players' Weekend Friday with very little to show for against Jimenez, the Tigers' lone All-Star Game participant. The powerful right-hander had pitched six innings in six appearances against the White Sox this season, allowing just one hit and striking out 11.
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But the Tigers were forced to turn to closer Shane Greene (Shaner), who gave up a first-pitch single to Avisail Garcia (Avi) to tie the game. The White Sox took the lead with back-to-back doubles from Daniel Palka (DP) and Tim Anderson (TA7) before Alex Wilson (Willy) came on for the final two outs.
"Those were good at-bats. That inning had quite a few," said manager Rick Renteria, who was cleared by doctors in Chicago and flew to Detroit before the game. "You have good moments, and that was a good moment for us, that particular inning. They kept chipping away. That inning was big for us."
The White Sox are now 7-63 this season when trailing to begin the eighth inning.
Before their big inning, the White Sox looked out of sorts in the batter's box and appeared to be on their way to their 11th shutout of the season. They mustered just two hits off starter Michael Fulmer (The Plumber), who was making his first start since July 14. Three relievers then combined to retire the next eight hitters.
For most of the night it looked as though Reynaldo Lopez (Rey) was going to have his start go to waste. Lopez threw 5 2/3 innings while allowing two runs on four hits and striking out seven. It was a considerable bounceback from what he had done in his last two starts, which included 10 runs allowed over seven innings. The 24-year-old has gone through these inconsistent stretches in his first full season as a Major League starter. He was at his best in June, when he went at least six innings deep in four of his five starts and posted a 3.60 ERA.
Lopez seemed to only meet trouble when facing Nicholas Castellanos (Nick), who was responsible for all three Tigers runs, two of which came off Lopez with a double-play groundout in the first inning and an RBI single in the third. Castellanos is now 8-for-18 (.444) against Lopez in their careers.
Lopez got little help from the right side of his infield. First baseman Nicky Delmonico (Pup) committed a fielding error in the sixth inning and botched another grounder earlier in the game. Moncada also had a fielding error in the seventh inning that allowed Victor Reyes to reach base and eventually score the Tigers' third run. The White Sox now have 94 errors this season, third highest in the Majors and most in the American League.
Renteria on the defensive mistakes: "I thought Nicky, on the first one, he came charging. He attacked it properly. It just got under his mitt. We had a fly ball fall in foul territory. Moncy came charging in on a ball, he probably could have squared himself up a little better to it. You don't want to give the opponent any more outs and put your pitcher in a position where he has to throw more pitches. We were able to overcome it today, but you can't do that at the Major League level on a consistent basis and think you're going to survive."
Palka finished the night 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. He ranks third among AL rookies with 51 RBIs and 35 extra-base hits this season.
The White Sox remain in Detroit on Saturday for a 5:10 p.m. CT first pitch in the third game of this four-game series. Lucas Giolito (9-9, 6.08 ERA) will be on the hill for Chicago. Giolito has won his last two starts, one of which was against the Tigers. Detroit will be throwing Ryan Carpenter (1-1, 6.00 ERA), who is coming off his first Major League win.
*Tyler Fenwick * is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.