By the time I was able to get home and turn this game on, the White Sox trailed 10-1. I listened to the Tigers’ radio call between work and my couch, and they described Derek Holland’s pitching mostly in terms of “rollers” and “cookies.”
His final line jibes with their gleeful account: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 HR.
Since I don’t have a burning desire to see all the carnage unfold, let’s do blowout bullets instead.
*J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera did the bulk of the damage, going 6-for-8 with a homer, a triple, three doubles, three runs and six RBIs. Martinez ended up with the rare single-short-of-the-cycle night.
*The White Sox offense had some moments thanks to an effective bottom of the order. Yolmer Sanchez was especially effective turning the lineup over, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, setting up a two-hit, three-RBI night for Leury Garcia.
*Michael Fulmer allowed five runs over seven innings. One could say he was pitching to the score, but he wasn’t all that impressive against the Sox in his other two starts against him. He has a 4.71 ERA in three starts against Chicago, and a 2.33 ERA against the rest of baseball.
*Besides the support, Fulmer was able to pick up the win because he kept the heart of the White Sox order 0-for-15 with a sac fly.
*Avisail Garcia had a rough night. He went 0-for-4 at the plate and misjudged two flies in right. One was a slicing drive by Martinez that caromed off the corner wall for a triple, and it wasn’t an easy play -- Garcia just looked bad while misjudging it. The other was a high Cabrera pop fly that ended up drifting out to medium range right, and yet Garcia never took ownership of it, hanging Sanchez out to dry.
*Michael Ynoa had a rougher night. He came in to replace Holland in the third, gave up a single and a triple, then called for the trainer after his first pitch to Nick Castellanos. It was called a right quad injury, and the White Sox had to use Gregory Infante, Juan Minaya and Dan Jennings to get through the rest of it.
*The 15 runs were a season high for the White Sox pitching staff. It’s the second season high this week.