The Tigers conclude a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:08 p.m. (FSD/97.1). Follow Angelique S. Chengelis as she blogs live from the game.
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The Tigers had some miscues in the field — a ball lost in the sun, a fumbled double-play ball and an errant throw — but found answers at the plate when needed to overcome the White Sox at Comerica Park.
After giving up a grand slam to lose Wednesday night, the Tigers turned things around for a 7-4 victory on Thursday afternoon.
Miguel Cabrera had three RBI and Rajai Davis had two, including a home run — his second of the season — to lead the Tigers.
Starting pitchter Max Scherzer pitched six innings and tied a season-best 10 strikeouts. He is the second pitcher in Tigers history with at least seven strikeouts in each of his five starts. Of his 110 pitches against the White Sox, 72 were strikes. Scherzer got the win, his second of the season, and Joe Nathan the save.
After the White Sox pulled within, 5-4, with a two-run eighth inning, the Tigers matched that output. Catcher Bryan Holaday, whose errant throw to second in the eighth led to the White Sox’ fourth run, scored Austin Jackson with a single. Two batters later, Davis hit a deep double that scored Nick Castellanos to restore the Tigers’ three-run lead.
Just as the White Sox closed the gap, the Tigers expanded it again.
The Tigers lead, 7-4, heading into the ninth thanks to some strong eighth-inning hitting.
After Miguel Cabrera gave the Tigers a 5-2 lead after his single scored two runs in the seventh, the White Sox answered and pulled within a run.
The White Sox scored two runs in the eigth inning. Adam Dunn, who hit a home run in the second inning, scored on Alexei Ramirez’ single to right. Dayan Viciedo moved to second.
On a throwing error by Tigers’ catcher Bryan Holaday, Viciedo scored to pull the White Sox within one run, 5-4. Joba Chamberlain got out of the inning after striking out Tyler Flowers.
But in the eighth, the Tigers added two runs. Holaday made amends for his errant throw with a single to score Austin Jackson. Rajai Davis then hit a double to score Nick Castellanos, to rebuild a three-run lead.
Joe Nathan will pitch to start the ninth inning for the Tigers.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-out single up the middle to score two runs as the Tigers’ lead swelled in the bottom of the seventh.
Cabrera, who singled in a run in the third inning to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead, faced Daniel Webb, who replaced Maikel Cleto with bases loaded. Celto started the inning after replacing starter Jose Quintana. The Tigers lead the White Sox, 5-2, after seven innings.
The Tigers were robbed of a scoring opportunity on Rajai Davis’ hit when Alexei Ramirez made a great run-saving stop. He got up slowly favoring his left shoulder, but he remained in the game. Davis set up the bases-loaded situation for Cabrera.
Joba Chamberlain is pitching in the eighth for the Tigers.
Max Scherzer matched his season-best 10 strikeouts before being replaced by Al Alburquerque in the seventh inning against the White Sox.
Scherzer left with a 3-2 lead after throwing 110 pitches, including 72 strikes. He gave up seven hits, including a home run in the second inning to Adam Dunn.
He becomes the second pitcher in Tigers history with at least seven strikes in each of his first five starts. Scherzer also threw 10 strikeouts against the Padres on April 13.
The White Sox pulled within a run in the sixth inning when Dayan Viciedo, on third with a triple, scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Alexei Ramirez.
Rajai Davis has expanded the lead for the Tigers with a two-out home run in the fifth inning.
The Tigers have a 3-1 advantage over the White Sox at Comerica Park after Davis, facing a full count, took Jose Quintana to left field for the home run. It was Davis’ second of the season.
Meanwhile, Max Scherzer is closing in on his high strikeout total of the season, but can the right-hander get there?
Scherzer, who has one win in four starts, has thrown 96 pitches through five innings.
He has nine strikeouts, one shy of his season-best 10 against the Padres on April 13. He entered the game with 34 strikeouts this season, a team-best. Of his 96 pitches, 61 have been strikes.
Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer continues to roll with seven strikeouts through four innings with a 2-1 lead over the White Sox.
Scherzer has thrown 74 pitches, 48 for strikes. His only flaw, a second-inning home run to Adam Dunn.
In each of his previous four starts, Scherzer has had seven or strikeouts. He’s had a high of 10 this season. He entered the game with 34 strikeouts this season and now has 41.
The Tigers are maintaining their lead, which they took in the third inning with Miguel Cabrera singled in Ian Kinsler, who had advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer has four strikeouts through three innings, and the Tigers have added a run to take the lead against the White Sox at Comerica Park.
Miguel Cabrera singled to right with two outs in the third inning to drive in Ian Kinsler for a 2-1 lead. Kinsler, who had singled up the middle, reached second base on a wild pitch by left-hander Jose Quintana.
As for Scherzer, who has only one win in four starts, he now has 38 strikeouts through 30 innings this season.
He has allowed three hits in this game, including a home run to Adam Dunn in the second inning to give the White Sox a brief lead. But the Tigers tied the game in the second when Nick Castellanos’ single to short center drove in Austin Jackson. Jackson had tripled on a 2-2 count.
The Tigers are trying to bounce back from a disappointing loss Wednesday night. They held a 4-2 lead in the seventh before allowing a grand slam that gave the White Sox a 6-4 advantage they maintained for the victory.
The Tigers have pulled to a 1-1 tie against the White Sox after two innings at Comerica Park.
After back-to-back deep flies to right, Austin Jackson, on a 2-2 pitch, hit a triple to right center with White Sox Dayan Viciedo unable to make the play and giving chase.
Nick Castellanos scored Jackson on a single to short center to tie the game.
The White Sox scored in the second on Adam Dunn’s home run off Max Scherzer.
It didn’t last long for the Tigers.
After enjoying only their second 1-2-3 inning of the season in the first against the White Sox at Comerica Park, Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Adam Dunn, on a 1-1 pitch, homered off Max Scherzer with no outs. It’s the only hit Scherzer has allowed so far.
Scherzer entered the game with only one win in four starts.
No manager ever wants time to second-guess decision-making.
That’s a luxury for media talking heads and fans.
Tigers first-year manager Brad Ausmus, by virtue of an afternoon start, didn’t have to spend much time ruminating after Wednesday night’s critical pitching decision – which he later defended — that cost them in a late-inning loss to the White Sox.
The Tigers will try to rebound this afternoon against Chicago at Comerica Park.
Ausmus allowed left-hander Ian Krol to remain in the game in the seventh inning Wednesday night with the Tigers leading, 4-2, to face right-handed hitter Marcus Semien. On a 3-1 pitch, Semien launched a grand slam for a 6-4 lead, which the Sox maintained for the victory.
“I didn’t think about making a switch there,” Ausmus said later of his pitching decision.
Drew Smyly started for the Tigers and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out seven over six innings.
Against the White Sox today, Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer will try to boost his numbers. Scherzer has won only one of four starts this season. He does, however, have 34 strikeouts through 27 innings.
It will be Scherzer’s first start since appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The magazine headline reads: “Mad Max’s $144 million bet.”
Forget about bets – what about the Sports Illustrated cover jinx?