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Boring, until it wasn’t: White Sox 6, Tigers 3

Sox score six in the 8th to turn a snoozer around

Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers
Ricky Returns: The White Sox gave Renteria a welcome back gift with the victory.
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This game was brutally boring for the first seven innings, so let’s just skip to the good stuff, shall we?

At the top of the eighth, the White Sox found themselves down 3-0 to the Detroit Tigers, despite decent pitching from Reynaldo Lopez and two relievers; mustering only two hits and one walk on offense will do that. The inning started with a Matt Davidson strike out against Joe Jimenez. Still boring. Then the fun began:

  • An Omar Narvaez single, Adam Engel single, and Yolmer Sanchez walk loaded the bases.
  • Yoan Moncada hammered a 2-0 pitch off the right field wall to make the score 3-2.
  • The Tigers brought in closer Shane Greene, whom Avisail Garcia welcomed with a first-pitch single to tie the game.
  • Daniel Palka absolutely blistered the ball into right field to score two more.
  • Tim Anderson capped it off, just missing a home run but doubling home the inning’s final two runs.

When the dust cleared, the scoreboard read 6-3, and there it would stand.

On the downside, two good things came to an end: Nicky Delmonico’s eight-game hitting streak, and the Sox’s 15 straight games with a home run.

Tonight’s three things...

This rebuild might actually work: Jace Fry pitched 1 13 innings with two strikeouts. Also, Tim Anderson is looking increasingly comfortable defensively.

I watched so you didn’t have to: Nicky and Yoán both had dumb errors, and Nicky rightfully should have had two.

This is what it feels like to be a Sox fan: Those first seven innings will do it; they nearly put me to sleep.

Tomorrow’s game is at 5:10 Central, Lucas Giolito versus Ryan Carpenter. Carpenter has only pitched 18 innings this season, so that’s probably a Sox loss.