First this game featured Peak Jose Quintana Run Support.
Then it featured Peak Tigers Ninth Inning.
And then it ended with a more ordinary form of Zach Duke being unreliable.
The White Sox dropped this one in 10 innings, but the fact that it went extra innings is a relief considering Detroit's pitching staff held a combined no-hitter for 8⅓ innings. Tyler Saladino busted that up in a big way with a one-out triple, then scored on Adam Eaton's single through the right side to tie the game at 1.
The game remained that way until Duke relieved Jake Petricka with two outs and nobody on. He walked Anthony Gose, the lefty he was supposed to retire, then fell behind Rajai Davis 3-0 before giving up a triple to right field to end the game.
Duke threw only four of 11 pitches for strikes, so he deserved the loss. Quintana didn't, and for a couple innings, that looked like his fate.
Quintana pitched beautifully, scattering eight singles and a walk over seven innings while striking out five. He encountered his share of trouble, but he used his curveball to get out of it. He threw his breaking ball 48 times, tallying 35 strikes without allowing a hit on it.
The double play was his friend. He sidestepped his usual first-inning problems by getting Victor Martinez to ground into a 4-6-3 double play, induced a 6-4-3 one in the second inning, then got James McCann to line into a 5-3 twin killing in the fifth.
He couldn't find one in the seventh, although not for a lack of trying. After J.D. Martinez singled with one out, Nick Castellanos followed with a grounder to the left side ... except it found a hole. McCann then found an opening with his line drive, turning around a fastball to center to score Castellanos. Quintana got out of the inning with no further damage, but considering the Tigers were outhitting the White Sox 8-0 at the time, one run seemed like its own cushion.
Rookie Daniel Norris started the game and pitched five perfect innings before hitting his pitch limit -- 63, albeit none under duress. Buck Farmer struck out two during a perfect inning, and although Ian Krol grazed Eaton's sleeve with a breaking ball to ruin the perfect to open the eighth, he and Drew VerHagen kept the Sox hitless through eight, and without even a close call to point to.
Feliz couldn't see it all the way through. With one out, the Tiger closer-for-now left a 1-1 slider up, and Saladino smacked it to the left-center gap for an easy triple, even with a brief pause at second base. Feliz stuck with the same script, hanging a 1-1 slider to Eaton, and Eaton shot it through a drawn-in right side to tie the game. That took Quintana off the hook, and although he's still in search of a career-high 10th win, a no-decision is its own kind of victory in this kind of September.
*The White Sox are now 13-4 in extra innings.
*Brian Anderson sat alongside Hawk Harrelson for this one. Thoughts?