Tonight’s gamethread talked about how the Chicago White Sox should have been ALL over Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew VerHagen. After all, he entered tonight’s game with a 3.00 WHIP over his last seven starts and an ERA over 11.00.
But VerHagen and the Tigers were too much for the Sox to salvage the nightcap of today’s doubleheader, as Detroit beat the Sox, 10-6.
Hector Santiago got the start for the Sox and was pretty bad. Not sure what exactly Sox fans were expecting to see from him, but Santiago went 4 2⁄3 innings, giving up five runs (four earned), seven hits and two walks. He struck out five.
The Tigers put up two in the second inning off Santiago, thanks to a Jordy Mercer RBI single and a Ryan Goins error. Goins terribly misplayed a bouncing ball at third, allowing the Tigers to score the second run of the inning.
Dawel Lugo (yes, THE Dawel Lugo) added a sac fly in the bottom of the third inning.
The Sox got on the board in the fifth inning thanks to an Adam Engel double that bounced over the third baseman’s head. The Tigers would add another two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Goins hits an RBI single in the top of the seventh, but the Tigers responded in the bottom half with a Jordy Mercer two-run home run.
The eighth inning featured Trevor Rosenthal, and, well, this is not the Trevor Rosenthal who closed out games for the St. Louis Cardinals a few years ago.
This Trevor Rosenthal could not locate a fastball. Rosenthal topped out at 101 mph, but he kept getting underneath every fastball, walking two batters and giving up one hit.
Rosenthal was charged with three runs in the eighth, all scoring after he left the game. Adam Engel got hit by a pitch, Leury Garcia hit a sac fly, and Goins hit an RBI single.
It certainly got interesting, until the Sox called on Jose Ruiz to replace Dylan Covey to keep the deficit to two in the bottom of the eighth. Spoiler alert ... Ruiz did not.
Covey got an out and gave up a run in the eighth, but Ruiz allowed two earned runs on three hits. Maybe that’s what caused Stoney’s iPad to revolt against him in the ninth inning.
James McCann added an RBI double in the top of the ninth, but that was it.
The Sox will close the series tomorrow afternoon with Ivan Nova on the mound. Hopefully, they can take a series against the worst team in baseball!