Live Tigers blog: Tigers win rain shortened game, 2-1

Al Willman
The Detroit News
The White Sox's grounds crew rolls up the tarp after a rain delay during the seventh inning.

A win is a win. That’s the takeaway from the Tigers’ 2-1, seven-inning win over the White Sox on Thursday night.

In the top of the seventh inning, the rain started falling.

And it didn’t stop.

The Tigers (50-46) got their runs in the fifth inning, on solo home runs from Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera.

Mike Pelfrey (3-9) got the win for the Tigers. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing a run on eight hits while striking out one and walking one.

James Shields (4-12) took the loss for the White Sox (46-49), who got their run in the third inning on an RBI single from Tim Anderson.

The two teams continue their four-game set at 8:10. Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.13 ERA) starts for the Tigers, while former Tiger Jacob Turner (0-1, 18.00 ERA) will throw for the White Sox.

Rain still falling, game still delayed

It's midnight in Detroit (11 p.m. in Chicago) and the game between the Tigers and White Sox is still delayed. The Tigers lead 2-1 going to the bottom of the seventh, and no announcement has yet been made as to when the game will resume.

White Sox say another hour of rain

As the rain delay creeps over an hour, the White Sox say a forecast calls for another hour of rain to fall at U.S. Cellular Field. However, no announcement has been made as to if or when the bottom of the seventh inning will begin.

Just before 11:30 p.m. Eastern, WDIV meteorologist Paul Gross suggested the rain might not stop until 12:45 Eastern (11:45 Central).

Rain delay update

The game between the Tigers and White Sox has been delayed for about 45 minutes. There has yet to be an announcement about when the game might resume.

While you wait, Chris McCosky writes that the Tigers don't plan to be sellers at this year's trade deadline — the same deadline that Lynn Henning says Justin Verlander wants to remain a Tiger for.

As for injured right fielder J.D. Martinez? He's inching his way closer to a return.

Stay tuned for more rain delay updates.

Rain delay recap

The White Sox scored on an RBI single by Tim Anderson in the bottom of the third, scoring Adam Eaton. The Tigers answered with a pair of solo home runs in the top of the fifth. Ian Kinsler (20th of the season) hit his with one out, while Miguel Cabrera (19th) hit his two batters later, putting the Tigers ahead 2-1, which is the score after six and a half innings.

Key stats

Ian Kinsler (DET): 3-for-4, solo home run

Miguel Cabrera (DET): 2-for-3, solo home run

Mike Pelfrey (DET): 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 K, 1 BB

Adam Eaton (CWS): 3-for-3, 2B

Tim Anderson (CWS): 1-for-3, RBI

James Shields (CWS) 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 4 K, 1 BB

Mid 7: Rain delay

The game between the Tigers and White Sox is in a rain delay, with the Tigers leading 2-1 after six and a half innings. Stay tuned for more updates.

Top 7th: White Sox turn to pen

White Sox right-hander Matt Albers replaced starter James Shields in the top of the seventh, and proceeded to set the Tigers down in order. He struck Jose Iglesias out swinging, before getting Ian Kinsler (center field) and Cameron Maybin (right field) to line out.

Bottom 6th: Tigers bullpen holds lead

For Brad Ausmus, pulling a starter for a relief pitcher has not gone well the last couple days. In the bottom of the sixth inning, that trend appeared to change. The White Sox got a one-out single from Jose Abreu in the bottom of the sixth inning, before Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey walked Justin Morneau — the last batter he faced before giving way to right-hander Shane Greene. Greene struck out Todd Frazier swinging, but hit Tyler Saladino to load the bases with two outs. Greene induced an inning-ending groundout off the bat of J.B. Shuck to preserve the lead. After six, the Tigers are up 2-1.

Pelfrey went 5 1/3 innings, giving up a run on eight hits, while striking out one and walking one.

Top 6th: Tigers go in order

The Tigers went down in order in the top of the sixth inning against White Sox starter James Shields. Justin Upton (left field), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (first base) and Mike Aviles (center field) all lined out. Going to the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers are holding a 2-1 lead. Mike Pelfrey will face Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Justin Morneau in the sixth.

Bottom 5th: With rain coming, Tigers hold lead

Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey got his first strikeout with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning — getting Dioner Navarro swinging. The next batter, Adam Eaton, extended the inning with an infield single. Tim Anderson flew out to Mike Aviles on the warning track in foul territory in right field to end the inning. After five complete, and with rain on the way, the Tigers lead 2-1.

Top 5th: Tigers take lead

The Tigers took the lead in the top of the fifth. With one out, Ian Kinsler — who was 2-for-2 going into the fifth — smacked his third hit over the wall in center field — his 20th home run of the season — tying the game. Two batters later, Miguel Cabrera sent his 19th homer of the year over the wall in left, putting the Tigers ahead. In between, Cameron Maybin nearly hit a home run to right, but Adam Eaton made the catch against the fence. Victor Martinez singled through the shift, to extend the inning for the Tigers, but Nick Castellanos ended it by flying to right. Going to the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers lead 2-1.

Bottom 4th: White Sox go 1-2-3

Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey set the White Sox down in order in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Morneau grounded out to second baseman Ian Kinsler to lead off the bottom of the fourth — the first time a White Sox player did not reach base to start their half of an inning. Todd Frazier followed by popping out to Nick Castellanos at third base. Tyler Saladino — in his first at-bat after replacing Brett Lawrie at second base into start the top of the fourth — wrapped up the 1-2-3 inning by grounding out to Pelfrey — who took the out unassisted at first. After four, the White Sox maintain a 1-0 lead.

Top 4th: Tigers go in order

The Tigers went 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth inning, for the second time of the game. Justin Upton struck out looking before a pair of Tigers hit loud outs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia flew out to the warning track in center field, before Mike Aviles flew to the track in left. Going to the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers trail 1-0.

Bottom 3rd: White Sox get on board

The White Sox got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Adam Eaton led off the bottom of the third with a double off the wall in center field. Tim Anderson followed with an RBI single that bounced over the head of Miguel Cabrera at first. Melky Cabrera then hit into a 6-4-3 double play before Jose Abreu grounded out to Kinsler to end the inning. After three, the White Sox have a 1-0 lead.

Top 3rd: Tigers load bases, don't score

The Tigers offense is still a head-scratcher. They put their first two batters on in the top of the third after Jose Iglesias hit a bloop single to shallow center field and Ian Kinsler singled to a diving Tim Anderson at shortstop. Anderson saved extra bases with an impressive dive, but could not make a play. Cameron Maybin advanced both runners on a grounder that White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier had a bit of trouble fielding. Miguel Cabrera followed by lining out to second baseman Brett Lawrie — who flipped the ball to Anderson, which appeared to get Kinsler. However, a review overturned the third out. Victor Martinez was then intentionally walked, loading the bases with two outs. Nick Castellanos struck out swinging to end the bases-loaded threat. Going to the bottom of the third, there is no score.

Bottom 2nd: White Sox strand two

For the second straight inning, the White Sox put their leadoff hitter on — this time on a single from Justin Morneau that went off the glove of Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey, and died between Jose Iglesias and Nick Castellanos on the left side of the infield. Todd Frazier followed with a single to second baseman Ian Kinsler. Brett Lawrie, the third batter of the inning, popped out to Pelfrey for the first out. Palfrey then got J.B. Shuck to pop out softly to Iglesias — the second straight soft pop-up. Dioner Navarro lined out to left field to end the inning. After two, the game is still scoreless.

Top 2nd: White Sox SS flashes leather

After White Sox starter James Shields got the first two outs of the second inning, shortstop Tim Anderson made a flashy off-balance play to get Mike Aviles by half a step at first base, completing the 1-2-3 inning. Both teams have only a pair of hits to show for their offense after one and a half innings.

Bottom 1st: Tigers defense backs Pelfrey

As with the Tigers in the top of the first, the White Sox saw their first batter reach on Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey — on a single from Adam Eaton. Eaton was erased, however, when the No. 2 hitter, Tim Anderson, grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Melky Cabrera extended the inning for the White Sox with a two-out single to center field. Jose Abreu ended the inning by grounding into a fielder’s choice to Jose Iglesias. After one, the game remains scoreless.

Top 1st: Tigers make contact, don't score

The Tigers made contact early on White Sox starter James Shields. Ian Kinsler got the game started with a single to center field. The next batter, Cameron Maybin, grounded into a fielder’s choice to third baseman Todd Frazier, who bobbled the ball before throwing to second to get Kinsler. Miguel Cabrera hit a one-out single, to put runners at first and second before Victor Martinez sacrificed Maybin to third. Nick Castellanos ended the threat, by striking out swinging to end the half inning. The game is scoreless going to the bottom of the first.

How to watch: Tigers at White Sox

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1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. Nick Castellanos, 3B

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

8. Mike Aviles, RF

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Mike Pelfrey, P


1. Adam Eaton, RF

2. Tim Anderson, SS

3. Melky Cabrera, LF

4. Jose Abreu, 1B

5. Justin Morneau, DH

6. Todd Frazier, 3B

7. J.B. Shuck, CF

8. Brett Lawrie, 2B

9. Dioner Navarro, C

James Shields, P


When: Thursday, 8:10 p.m.

Where: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Pitching matchup: RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-9, 4.95) vs. RHP James Shields (4-11, 5.10)

Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit

National TV: MLB Network

Internet streaming: MLB.TV (blacked out in Detroit market)

Local radio: 97.1 FM

Satellite radio: SIRI Internet 849