Detroit, MI (WKZO) – Josh Phelgey’s grand slam in the sixth inning off Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez was the difference as the Chicago White Sox took the rubber game of the three game series against the Tigers 6-3 on Thursday afternoon.
Sanchez was cruising along after allowing a run in the first inning on back-to-back hits to start the game, but after an Austin Jackson error allowed Jeff Keppinger to reach base, Sanchez allowed a walk and a single to load the bases. Phelgey then blasted a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to put the White Sox in the lead 5-3. Sanchez was removed from the game after that pitch and replaced by Luke Putkonen, who after recording just one out, was tossed from the game after pitching behind Sox’ shortstop Alexei Ramirez, causing the benches to clear. Putkonen along with Jim Leyland were ejected.
The Tigers offense could only muster up three runs off of White Sox All-Star starter Chris Sale, who picked up his sixth win of the year. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a two run shot in the second inning giving the Tigers an early 2-1 advantage. Miguel Cabrera then hit a solo opposite field home run, his 30th long ball of the year, in the fifth doubling the Tigers’ lead to 3-1. Cabrera’s 30th home marked a milestone in what has already been an incredible year. Not only is this now the seventh season in a row Cabrera has hit 30 or more home runs, he also became the first person in MLB history to hit 30 home runs and have 90 RBIs before the All-Star break. He also became the second fastest Tiger to reach 30 home runs in a season. Hank Greenberg got to 30 in 87 games in 1938. This was the Tigers’ 91st game.
Phil Coke allowed a solo home run to Alejandro De Aza in the eighth inning for the White Sox final run.
Victor Martinez had three hits, extending his hitting streak to 13 games and is now hitting .260, a .035 increase since the streak started on June 29th.
Sanchez struck out six and walked three in 5 1/3 innings.
Torii Hunter had two hits, a double and triple.
Addison Reed picked up his 23rd save for the White Sox after tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
The Tigers welcome the Texas Rangers to Comerica Park for a three game set before heading into the All-Star break. Doug Fister (6-5, 4.07) gets the start for Detroit in the opener on Friday night against Rangers Justin Grimm (7-6 5.88). First pitch is set for 7:08.
Before Thursday’s game it was announced that Rick Porcello had dropped his appeal of his six-game suspension and will now only be suspended five games.