Detroit – Which came first, the game or the trade?
The start of Thursday’s game against the White Sox came first, but the end of the game — a 7-4 Tigers loss — didn’t arrive until after the deal for David Price was done.
And because all games, even those made on monumental trade days, are important, how it was lost can’t be overlooked.
It was lost with relief pitcher Joakim Soria getting into a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, not entirely of his own making.
He limited the the damage to one run coming on a bases-loaded pitch that hit Paul Konerko, which handed Soria his first loss with the Tigers as well as, uh, lowering his ERA with the team to 27.00.
The way the seventh inning started, however, rankled catcher Alex Avila because he blamed himself for a strikeout/wild pitch that gave the White Sox a leadoff runner they shouldn’t have had.
“It was a curveball in the dirt,” Avila said. “A ball I’ve blocked a million times. And should block, but I didn’t.
“I felt terrible for Soria because that’s a whole different inning (if he had blocked it).”
Earlier, the Tigers had pulled to within a run at 3-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second.
They took a 4-3 lead in the third on back-to-back home runs by Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez.
But that was the high-water mark.
The White Sox tied it with a run in the fourth off starter Drew Smyly, then took a 5-4 lead in the seventh on their run off Soria.
Joba Chamberlain gave up two more runs in the eighth.
Among the three Tigers who had two hits was Jackson.
In a 16-hit attack for the White Sox, though, Moises Sierra had four hits, with three apiece for Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu, who stretched his hitting streak to 20 games.