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Tigers Tame Gonzalez

June 14th, 2016 vs Detroit Tigers

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Short Take:   Gonzalez hammered early, Sox comeback falls short.

After a miracle comeback from 7-0 in Game 1, the Sox looked to take the series in Game 2 against Jordan Zimmerman and the Tigers. However, Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez struggled to keep the ball down early in this one and the Tiger offense took advantage as the Sox fell in a slugfest 11-8.

For the 5th time during this homestand, the Sox would spot the opposing team an early 1-0 lead. The Tigers opened the scoring with an RBI double laced into LF from Miguel Cabrera. He had fouled off a half dozen tough pitches before getting the one he liked. The Sox would answer back immediately in the bottom of the 1st. A leadoff double from rookie Tim Anderson followed by a bunt single from Adam Eaton would get the Sox on the board. The generous Tiger defense threw one away on the play which plated Anderson tying the game at 1-1. Eaton would eventually cross the plate on an RBI sac fly from Abreu making it 2-1 Sox. It's a small sample size but so far the combo of Tim Anderson and Adam Eaton at the top of the order is yielding some results.

The slim White Sox lead would not be enough to hold off the Tigers charge against the struggling Miguel Gonzalez. Justin Upton would drive in JD Martinez in the Top of the 2nd inning with a bloop double down the line that Garcia couldn't corral. This would be the first of two catchable balls that Garcia misplayed into extra base hits. Aviles would drive home Upton on a single which made it 3-2 Tigers and the Sox would be playing catch up from here on out.

Detroit would open the game up in the Top of the 3rd. The inning began on a questionable call on a 2-2 count from the homeplate ump. The pitch was on the black of the outside corner called a ball that ultimately turned into a leadoff walk. The last thing a pitcher needs when he is struggling is for an ump to kick an important strikeout call. Miguel Cabrera followed this up with a high slicing drive down the line that was the second catchable ball that Garcia couldn't corral. Why Robin chooses to DH superior defensive options like J.B. Shuck and Jason Coats while putting his WORST defensive outfielder in RF when he doesn't have to remains a mystery to all. Lineup and bullpen gaffes have been a staple of Ventura's 2016 season and tonight was no different. Gonzalez was terrible but a couple extra outs in key moments from a competent defensive outfielder could have made it into a different game. It all unraveled after that as the Tigers scored 3 more runs (2 via BB) on Gonzalez in the Top of the 3rd making it 6-2. The 4th inning would all but put the game out of reach as Gonzalez and Matt Purke gave up another 4 runs.

It would have been easy for the White Sox to fold in a 10-2 blowout but one thing I really like about this year's club is they are a spirited group. Much like last night, they mounted a comeback charge. The Pale Hose scraped across 3 runs on RBI singles from Shuck and Saladino as well as an RBI sac fly from Jose Abreu to cut the Tiger lead to 10-5. One inning later, Abreu would notch another RBI on a sac fly which cut the lead to 10-6 and things started to get interesting.

The score held serve at 10-6 until the 9th inning. Detroit scored 1 more insurance run on an RBI single from Iglesias. In the bottom of the 9th, Saladino popped a 2 run HR into the Sox bullpen off of struggling Tigers reliever Mark Lowe. The HR closed the gap to make it 11-8 and that is as close as the Sox would get in dropping the 2nd game. The Sox offense continues to perform the last couple days so hopefully, they can keep that going over the next few weeks. Overall, this game came down to Miguel Gonzalez and Matt Purke not being able to stop the bleeding early in the game. Gonzalez has been solid this year but like most #5 starters, he is going to have his rough outings and he was probably due for one of them. Unlike his start against the Nationals last week, Gonzalez struggled to keep the ball down. When you don't have overhwelming stuff, leaving the ball up against a dangerous offense like the Tigers, is a recipe for disaster. The South Siders need a series victory in the worst way tomorrow night before heading out on a tough road trip through Cleveland and Boston. Chris Sale takes the bump in the rubber match at 7:05 taking on Mike Pelfrey.

Game Notes-

-Michael Ynoa made his MLB debut for the Sox and pitched 2.0 impressive scoreless innings

-Tyler Saladino was 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs tonight.

-Sox killer J.D. Martinez was 3 for 3, 1 RBI, and 2BB

-Tim Anderson was 2 for 5 with a double, triple, and a run scored.

That's all folks:
 Have a drink with Moe. He will hear all of your White Sox troubles.

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