The Detroit Tigers (72-61) completed the sweep of the Chicago White Sox (72-61), 4-1. Detroit’s Justin Verlander (8 IP, 11 SO, 1ER) pitched eight innings of 1-run ball, proving why he is the reigning American League MVP and Cy Young award winner and why his name should be in the discussions again. The Tigers have now moved into a tie with the White Sox for the lead in the Central Division.
Chicago’s Alejando De Aza (1-4, 1 HR), who had just returned from the 15- day disabled list, got the night started off with a leadoff homerun- his second of the season. This would be all the damage the White Sox could muster against Verlander. Detroit’s Brennan Boesch would return the favor in the 5th. Boesch came into tonight’s game having been the only left-handed batter to hit a homerun off of Chicago’s Chris Sale, this season. Now he’s done it twice.
Delmon Young (1-3, 1 HR, 3RBI) would break the tie in the 6th inning when he would launch a 3-run homerun, scoring Omar Infante (1-4, 1 R) and Miguel Cabrera (1-2, 2 BB) Tiger’s Avisail Garcia (2-4, 1 SO) would record two hits in just his second game of his Major League career.
Detroit’s Jose Valverde (1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H) would relieve Verlander in the 9th inning, and true to form, would make things interesting. On the first pitch, he gave up a single to White Sox designated hitter A.J. Pierzynski (1-4, 2 SO). After, he gave up a single to Aramis Ramirez (1-4) and a freshly called- up Dan Johnson (1-1, 1 RBI), who pinch-hit for catcher Tyler Flowers (0-1, 2 BB, 1 SO), would single to right field scoring pinch-runner Jose Lopez. Valverde escaped the jam by forcing a fly-out to Orlando Hudson (1-4, 1 SO) to end the game.
The Tigers start a 3-game series versus the Cleveland Indians tomorrow at Comerica Park at 1:05 ET. Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (7-11, 4.24 ERA) will take the hill versus right hander Corey Kluber (0-3, 5.16 ERA).