White Sox drop the rubber match of a gut wrenching three game set in Detroit.
Adam Dunn hit a monster shot in the 1st inning. Detroit answered when lead off man Austin Jackson tied the game with a blast of his own in the bottom of the frame.
Detroit had a bunch of base runners this afternoon. They even had a man reach in the second after Dylan Axelrod struck out the side. Despite dropped third strikes and balks, none of them managed to cross the plate. The Tigers left
22 12 men on base. That's not a typo folks. 22 12 men stranded, 0-12 with men in scoring position.
The Sox left
14 eight men on the bases themselves. Like the Tigers, any man to reach today was still standing out there when the inning ended.
It all came down to the solo HR. Prince Fielder put his team ahead when he took Alexrod deep in the 3rd. Andy Dirks added an insurance homer off displaced closer Hector Santiago in the 8th.
With so many scoring opportunities dashed, the tension ran high all game. It was an exciting game to watch, it just broke the wrong way and Detroit's first round pick outlasted the guy taken in the 30th round and released by the Padres.
It was a decent start for Axelrod, the former Thunderbolt, but he threw a lot of pitches early and three guys were used out of the pen behind him. It shouldn't be a factor however in tomorrows double header vs Cleveland. Will Ohman only threw 7 pitches, and Zach Stewart tossed 21. Both guys will probably be good to go tomorrow. Santiago is the only guy that likely isn't available tomorrow after working 2 IP and throwing 34 pitches, which might be a blessing in disguise.