Sure, the Chicago White Sox stayed out of the limelight when it came to making a big trade deadline splash on Thursday afternoon.
But, as for a future push towards an American League Wild Card spot, the Sox continue to stay in the hunt for their first postseason birth since 2008.
The White Sox finished a seven-game road trip with a 7-4 victory in the finale of a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers. With the win, the Sox ended the trip with an impressive 5-2 mark. The series wins against Detroit and Cleveland gave the Good Guys their first back-to-back set of series wins all season long. (Crazy stuff, huh?)
At 53-56, the Sox remain seven games back of AL Central leader Detroit and six games out of the Wild Card spots.
Tuesday night got the White Sox off to a blazing start in the series with an 11-4 victory in the series opener. Jose Quintana went six innings, while getting major support from the White Sox offense, led by Jose Abreu. Extending his hitting streak to 18 games, Abreu went 3-for-4 with his league-leading 31st home run and four runs batted in.
“Mad” Max Scherzer shut the White Sox bats down on Wednesday night by going seven innings, giving up five hits and striking out six in the 7-2 Detroit win. The night got off to a horrifying start for White Sox starter Hector Noesi with a six-run first inning from the Tigers, courtesy of six hits, including a three-run home run from Nick Castellanos.
In the finale, the White Sox awoke once again with a 16-hit performance against Drew Smyly and the Detroit staff. (Smyly was a part of arguably the biggest trade of Thursday.)
Five White Sox hitters had multi-hit games, including Moises Sierra, who went 4-for-4 with a run batted in.
In the seventh inning of Thursday’s game, an interesting moment took place. WGN (who televises White Sox games with CSN Chicago) was able to capture Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski talking to manager Brad Ausmus. Fans at home and at Comerica Park watched as Rajai Davis pulled Austin Jackson from center field. Jackson would later be told that he was now a member of the Seattle Mariners.
Wait for it…
Source: #Tigers get Price.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
In arguably the biggest trade before the MLB Trade Deadline, the Mariners, Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-team trade that ended with former AL Cy Young winner David Price as a member of the Tigers.
Remember when I said Drew Smyly was involved? Smyly was sent to Tampa Bay in the Price deal. Detroit’s move not only put the rest of the AL Central in a deeper hole, it sent a message to the rest of the American League.
The unlikely road to the postseason for the White Sox just got harder.
Quick White Sox Stat: How scary is Jose Abreu? Well…
Jose Abreu (11) most intentional walks by American League rookie since Alvin Davis in 1984 (16). Passes Ichiro's 10 in 2001.
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 31, 2014