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Abreu, Cease hold off Tigers, 5-3

Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers
Wins running together: This celebration is actually from last night’s win, but who’s going to tell?
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With a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox won their third straight. And, more of an anomaly, it was a second day game win in three days, pounding out 13 hits, with everyone but Eloy Jiménez getting in on the offensive action. That brings the season record to 49-61 and day game record to 17-31.

It was often a sloppy game, but at least it ended the right way.

Leading the offensive charge was José Abreu, with three hits and three RBIs. He began with an admittedly cheap first-inning homer, but one he earned with an 11-pitch AB:

That was kind of a mini-dinger, just 348 feet and 95.6 mph, but it counts, and gave the Sox a 1-0 lead. José’s second RBI came thanks to Tigers rookie Travis Demeritte, who plays right field (and bats) like he’s trying to fend off a snowball attack:

That was a double, thanks to a kind official scorer, and it gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead. José’s third hit and RBI didn’t need any luck or help, a scorching 111 mph single providing an insurance run in the ninth:

The long blast of the day came from Welington Castillo, just back from family leave:

Beef’s blast was a no-doubter, 109.7 mph and 420 feet.

The other Sox run came on an Adam Engel bloop double that drove in Ryan Goins, who had smashed a 418-foot triple in the second.

On the other side, Dylan Cease picked up his second career win, no thanks to some lousy defense, but thanks to the fact that he was facing the Tigers. Cease grooved multiple pitches with men on base that real major leaguers would have hit to Ohio, but it being the Tigers, they were just strikes.

Cease pitched past a single, an Abreu miss on a pickoff try, a Goins error, and a walk in the first, leaving the bases loaded but throwing 27 pitches. Cease gave up three hits in the third, including a 427-foot Brandon Dixon triple that led to a score, and surrendered Jake Rogers’ second MLB homer, a 408-foot solo shot in the fourth.

Dylan lasted through five, throwing 101 pitches, 65 of them for strikes. Not only did he find the zone better than in previous games, leading to six K’s and just one BB, but he got 15 swinging strikes, several more than any of his previous starts. His fastball averaged 95.5 mph.

Once Cease was out, the bullpen trio of Evan Marshall, Aaron Bummer, and Alex Colomé took over and cruised. Well, they cruised until two outs in the ninth, when Colomé gave up a walk to JaCoby Jones, who got to second on defensive indifference — though, one would have to guess, not Colomé’s indifference, because Jones was driven in by a Harold Castro single, That brought the tying run to the plate, but not to worry, these are the Tigers, so Brandon Dixon meekly grounded to short to end the game.

The first half of a day-night doubleheader seemed like it took a couple of days, but was apparently only 3:19, so the players have time for a snack and nap before the second game starts at 6:10 p.m. CDT. Hector Santiago was brought up to start that one, and will face Drew VerHagen, who sports a really nifty 11.66 ERA.

His lone win of the season, though, came in a one-batter, one strikeout appearance against the White Sox on April 18.