The White Sox entered the eighth inning in Detroit, trailing 8-2 on Tuesday night. Four runs later, Dayan Viciedo walked to bring Alexei Ramirez to the plate to possibly tie the game in the ninth inning.
Ramirez lined out to left field and the Sox lost the second of a four-game series to the Detroit Tigers.
In an eventful day for the White Sox, they got off to a good start when it was announced that Chris Sale had no damage in his pitching elbow.
Chris Sale said the word "excellent," used by the doctor who performed his MRI to describe his UCL, is all that mattered to him. #WhiteSox
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) April 22, 2014
After that, Jose Abreu approached the challenge of facing former AL MVP Justin Verlander, and passed with flying colors. On the second pitch he saw from Verlander, Abreu hit a towering home run to center to get the White Sox on the board first.
Abreu’s home run would be the last run the Sox would score until the sixth inning. Detroit dominated the game with 13 of their 15 hits in the first six innings to lead 8-2.
The White Sox send their other injury call-up Andre Rienzo to the mound on Wednesday night in Detroit against Tigers lefty Drew Smyly.
- The White Sox in the eighth and ninth innings: four runs and five hits. The seven innings prior? Two runs … and eight hits.
- Paul Konerko picked up his first hit since Opening Day with a ninth-inning single. Adam Dunn hit his 444th career home run in the ninth to cut the Tigers lead to the final score, 8-6.
- Dayan Viciedo. En fuego. After a 4-for-4 night at the plate, Viciedo is hitting .361 on the season. Tank is seeing the ball as well as you can right now.
- Jose Abreu‘s six home runs are the most by a White Sox player in his first 21 career games.