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White Sox 10, Tigers 9 (12 innings): Monday Miracle

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Down 7-0, the White Sox pull off an improbable miracle to get back to .500

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James Shields was horrible. The outfield defense was horrible. Todd Frazier had a horrible night going 0-6 and missing a clear tag at third base in the ninth inning. The White Sox were down 7-0 going into the bottom of the third inning.

Lucky for Chicago, Detroit's pitching is horrible, and the offense came all the way back to win it in extra innings, 10-9 and get back to .500 again with a record of 32-32.

After a miserable first start and making a horrible impression to White Sox fans, Detroit took the early lead 1-0 on Ian Kinsler's leadoff homer. Then Cameron Maybin singled, followed by Miguel Cabrera liner to right center was horribly played by Avisail Garcia, who kicked it away and allowed Miggy to reach third. J.D. Martinez would drive in Cabrera with a single to make it 3-0.

In the second inning, Shields gave up a single, walk, wild pitch, two-RBI single to make it 5-0. Martinez would drive in another run with a double to make it 6-0 after two innings. Like his last start when Shields gave up seven runs in two innings, it appeared that Shields was destined for another quick hook. Manager Robin Ventura stuck with him despite making a costly throwing error on a double play attempt that landed in centerfield to put the Sox down by a touchdown plus the extra point heading to the bottom of the third, 7-0.

Then the White Sox started their comeback. Jose Abreu hit his 9th homer of the season with a two-run shot to cut the lead down to five runs, 7-2. In the fourth inning, it was time for a #DionerParty as Dioner Navarro hit a solo blast to make it a 7-3 ballgame.

For Detroit Tigers starter Matt Boyd, he became unraveled in the fifth inning. Giving up three straight singles to Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, and Jose Abreu drove in his third run cutting the lead down to three, 7-4. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus pulled Boyd who despite having a seven-run lead, didn't qualify for the win just pitching 4.1 IP. Reliever Bobby Parnell threw a wild pitch to advance Cabrera and Abreu to scoring position. Todd Frazier's grounder was deep enough in the infield to score Cabrera making it a 7-5 game. Keeping the rally going, Brett Lawrie lined a single to right-center field to score Abreu making it a one-run game, 7-6.

Now only down by one run, Ventura went to the bullpen to keep the Tigers offense still and called for...

Tyler Danish.

The rookie who has struggled in each of his appearances was called into the face the Tigers middle of the order. Danish walked Miggy, gave up a single to Nick Castellanos, who committed a TOOTBLAN by trying to stretch it into a double. With a runner on third and one out, Danish intentionally walked J.D. Martinez. Looking to use his sinker to create a double play, Justin Upton waited for a pitch up in the zone and drove a single to center to extend the Tigers lead, 8-6. Ventura would lift Danish for Dan Jennings, but it appeared that gamble would cost the game for Chicago.

Instead, the rally would continue for Chicago into the sixth inning. A lead-off walk by Navarro, Tim Anderson would get the catcher to reach third base with a deep single to left. Would have been double, but Justin Upton was playing too deep to allow the liner to reach the wall. Eaton would drive in Navarro with a sacrifice fly, and it was a one-run deficit again, 8-7. Two outs and the speedy Anderson on first base, Melky Cabrera hit a double down the right field line. With Anderson rounding second base, Mike Aviles in one swoop fielded and hit the cut-off man. The quickness forced White Sox third base coach, Joe McEwing, to throw up the stop sign keeping Anderson from trying to score. With runners on second and third, Abreu drove a liner straight into pitcher Alex Wilson, who recovered and threw Abreu out at first base, ending the threat.

In the ninth inning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a single which Melky Cabrera misplayed as it rolled all the way to the wall. Rounding second base, Saltalamacchia dared to stretch it third base, but Cabrera's throw was in plenty of time for Todd Frazier to apply the tag.

Except, Frazier whiffed on the tag and Saltalamacchia's left arm reached the base before Frazier applied the tag. After review, the umpires confirmed that Saltalamacchia was safe, and he would later score on Jose Iglesias safety squeeze to give the Tigers a two-run cushion heading to the bottom of the ninth.

With one out, runners on first and second, Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez got Todd Frazier to hit a grounder to Iglesias. Who made the soft toss to the second baseman Ian Kinsler for one out, but his throw to first base was way wide of the bag. That gave the Sox life, as Brett Lawrie singled to left field, and it was again a one-run lead. At the plate was Avisail Garcia, who had a horrible night at the plate and in the field. But with the remaining fans on their feet, Garcia pulled through in the clutch hitting a single to center field, scoring Frazier and tying the game, 9-9. Rodriquez would walk Navarro to load the bases, but J.B. Shuck popped out to center field to end the inning.

Shuck would earn his redemption in the 12th inning as he lead it off with a double down the right field line. Tim Anderson would lay down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Shuck 90 feet closer to win the game. Infield in and outfield shallow enough to make a throw at the plate, Adam Eaton connected for his fourth hit of the night with a grounder up the middle passed Iglesias reach. Ending a wild, crazy night with a White Sox victory.

Game Notes:

  • Robin Ventura was ejected in the 7th inning for the 15th time in his career.
  • White Sox pitchers walked 11 batters on the night.
  • Jose Abreu now has 75 career home runs.
Record: 32-32 | Box ScoreHighlights |