The Tigers fell behind early on Thursday afternoon and were unable to keep up with the red-hot White Sox offense, losing at home 17-7.
Two four-run innings were enough to put the game away in favor of the White Sox (59-87) as they notched that total in both the fourth and sixth innings. However, it was a two-run first with four hits that set the tone. They tacked on three in both the seventh and eighth as well.
Chad Bell didn’t have his best stuff for the Tigers (60-86) as he went just 3 1/3 innings before getting spelled for Warwick Saupold. The two combined for five innings with 13 hits and nine runs. Not a great day for Tigers pitching.
The White Sox finished with an astounding 25 hits, and reached on five walks, to the Tigers’ 12 knocks.
James Shields went six full innings, allowing nine hits and four earned runs while striking out seven Tigers batters.
Miguel Cabrera, Nick Castellanos, Jeimer Candelario and Ian Kinsler each hit solo home runs for the Tigers.
Taking the mound for the Tigers in game two of the series on Friday evening is Animal Sanchez (3-4, 7.43 ERA) and Carson Fulmer (2-1, 6.00) will be the White Sox starter.
Bottom 9th: White Sox 17, Tigers 7
David Holmberg took the mount for the White Sox in the ninth.
Jose Iglesias flew out to right before Ian Kinsler cranked a homer over the left field wall into empty outfield seats. Alex Presley flew out to left. Efren Navarro then tripled into the right-center field gap. Navarro would score on a wild pitch with Tyler Collins at the plate. Collins struck out looking to end the game.
Top 9th: White Sox 17, Tigers 5
Shane Greene took the mound for the Tigers in the ninth.
Omar Narvaez entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Kevan Smith. He singled to left and was followed up with a four-pitch walk to Alen Hanson. Adam Engel struck out swinging. Tim Anderson then hit an infield single to load the bases. Yoan Moncada was called out on strikes and retired for the first time on the day. Green then walked Nicky Delmonico with the bases, loaded, forcing home a run.
Greene would be spelled for Blaine Hardy with two outs. Rymer Liriano struck out swinging to end the top of the ninth.
Bottom 8th: White Sox 16, Tigers 5
Chris Volstad replaced Al Alburquerque on the mound to start the eighth for the White Sox.
Jeimer Candelario led things off with a double to left and John Hicks flew out to right, advancing the base runner to third. Andrew Romine grounded out to first, but drove in Candelario. JaCoby Jones struck out looking.
Top 8th: White Sox 16, Tigers 4
Victor Alcantara entered the game in relief for Detroit. John Hicks replaced James McCann behind the plate and Tyler Collins took over in right for Nick Castellanos.
Alen Hanson swung on the first pitch he saw from Alcantara, singling into right. Adam Engel then singled to center. Tim Anderson struck out swinging. Yoan Moncada reached base for the sixth time on the day with another walk. Jose Abreu singled to left, playing Hanson. He was then pinch-run for at first by Nicky Delmonico. Avisail Garcia improved to 5-for-5 with an infield single, scoring another run. Matt Davidson's sacrifice fly to right field scored one more.
Tyler Saladino grounded out to third.
Bottom 7th: White Sox 13, Tigers 4
Former Tiger reliever Al Alburquerque entered the game and made quick work of his old team.
Alex Presley and Efren Navarro, who pinch-hit for Miguel Cabrera, both struck out swinging and Nick Castellanos grounded out to second.
Top 7th: White Sox 13, Tigers 4
Joe Jimenez entered the game in relief for the Tigers.
Tim Anderson struck out swinging. Yoan Moncada walked on a full-count pitch. Jose Abreu hit a soft liner past second and into right field, moving Moncada to third. Avisail Garcia continued to torch Tigers pitching with a single to center, playing Moncada. Matt Davidson doubled down the left-field line, ending Jimenez's day.
Zac Reininger came in to finish off the seventh. Tyler Saladino's rough day continued as he grounded out to third and Jeimer Candelario held both runners. Kevan Smith grounded out back to the pitcher.
Bottom 6th: White Sox 10, Tigers 4
Nick Castellanos struck out swinging before Jeimer Candelario gave the fans something to cheer about with a deep home run to right field. James McCann walked. Andrew Romine struck out swinging and JaCoby Jones hit a seeing-eyed single into right, advancing McCann to third. Jose Iglesias nearly hit one out, but it bounced off the top of the wall for a double and an RBI.
Ian Kinsler struck out awkwardly to end the sixth.
Top 6th: White Sox 10, Tigers 2
Tim Anderson singled on a ground ball up the middle for the second time in three innings. Yoan Moncada improved to 4-for-4 on the day with a single to right, moving Anderson to third. Jose Abreu singled to center, scoring Anderson and moving Moncada to third, spelling the end of Warwick Saupold's day.
Jeff Ferrell would enter the game in relief to face Avisail Garcia. He then hit a three-run homer, opening the floodgates. Matt Davidson lined a single into left field. Jose Iglesias made an error as he dropped a Tyler Saladino popup to short, but he tossed to second to get Davidson. Kevan Smith then singled to center. Alen Hanson flew out to center, advancing Saladino. Adam Engel popped out to short left center to end the lengthy top half.
Bottom 5th: White Sox 6, Tigers 2
For the third time in the game, Ian Kinsler led off an inning. He popped out to short this time, though. Alex Presley then lined out to center. Miguel Cabrera was retired for the first time on the day with a soft line out to short.
Top 5th: White Sox 6, Tigers 2
On the first pitch of the fifth, Kevan Smith popped out in foul territory behind first base. Alen Hanson then hit a chopper to a leaping Warwick Saupold who made a nice place and got him at first. Adam Engel also grounded out to the pitcher.
Bottom 4th: White Sox 6, Tigers 2
James McCann led off the Tigers' half of the fourth with a single to center. Andrew Romine grounded out softly to second, advancing McCann. JaCoby Jones then popped out in foul territory behind first base. Jose Iglesias flew out to right center.
Top 4th: White Sox 6, Tigers 2
Kevan Smith led off with a single to center. Alen Hanson wasted no time moving him up, doubling to center and using that speed to get to second ahead of the JaCoby Jones throw. Adam Engel flew out to shallow center and a strong throw by Jones held both runners. A Tim Anderson single up the middle plated both Hanson and Smith, though.
Yoan Moncada reached on his third hit of the game, knocking off Andrew Romine's glove and into the outfield. Anderson reached third and Chad Bell's day was done. He would be relieved by Warwick Saupold.
On Saupold's first pitch, he plunked Jose Abreu, who didn't seem to worried about getting out of the way, on the elbow to load the bases. Avisail Garcia then singled off Jose Iglesias' glove and into center, scoring two more. Matt Davidson struck out. Tyler Saladino grounded out to short to end the threat.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 2, White Sox 2
Ian Kinsler led off the inning, his second time leading off, with a line out to third. Alex Presley struck out swinging. With two outs and no one on, Miguel Cabrera sent a James Shields pitch over the left-center field wall. Nick Castellanos played back-to-back ball, hitting a homer to straight left field. Jeimer Candelario struck out swinging to end the third.
Top 3rd: White Sox 2, Tigers 0
Yoan Moncada stepped to the plate to start the third after blasting a homer in the first. He singled on a line drive to right. Jose Abreu flew out to center. With Avisail Garcia batting, Moncada swiped second base. Garcia then walked. Matt Davidson struck out swinging. With runners at first and second, Tyler Saladino flew out to center.
Bottom 2nd: White Sox 2, Tigers 0
James McCann couldn't get into the hit column to start the Tigers' half, grounding out to third. Andrew Romine then singled to center with one out. JaCoby Jones then grounded into a fielder's choice at third as Romine was forced at second. Jose Iglesias struck out swinging.
Top 2nd: White Sox 2, Tigers 0
Chad Bell was looking for a quicker inning in the second.
He struck out the leadoff batter, Alen Hanson this time, for the second straight inning. Adam Engel and Tim Anderson both popped out to second baseman Andrew Romine for a speedy top half.
Bottom 1st: White Sox 2, Tigers 0
After the White Sox batted around a bit in the first, the Tigers got their first crack at James Shields.
Ian Kinsler led off the bottom half with a swinging strike three. Alex Presley grounded out to first and Miguel Cabrera singled on a line drive to right. Nick Castellanos singled on a blooper to shallow center, advancing Cabrera to third. Jeimer Candelario was robbed of a single and an RBI with a running catch by Tim Anderson in shallow left.
Top 1st: White Sox 2, Tigers 0
Chad Bell got the start for the Tigers.
Tim Anderson led things off for the White Sox with a swinging strikeout on four pitches. Yoan Moncada then put the White Sox on the board with a solo home run to left center, almost reeled in by Alex Presley at the wall. After a 10-pitch at-bat, Jose Abreu singled on a line drive to right. Avisail Garcia followed suit with another single to right. Matt Davidson singled to left center, driving in Abreu and moving Garcia over to third.
Tyler Saladino struck out swinging after a coaching visit to the mound and Kevan Smith grounded out to third.
There's going to be a whole lot of rebuilding going on this weekend at Comerica Park.
The Tigers and Chicago White Sox square off for a four-game series beginning Thursday. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.
And, while the short-term goal might be to stay out of the American League Central Division cellar — the Tigers are two games in front of the last-place White Sox in the division — both teams are looking toward the future. The White Sox began selling off assets for prospects last season; the Tigers started their rebuild in mid-July.
Both teams will be showing off some of that work Thursday, and likely throughout the weekend. Yoan Moncada, considered the game's top prospect heading into this season, is starting at second base and hitting second for the White Sox. Jeimer Candelario, one of the pieces the Tigers acquired in the Justin Wilson-Alex Avila trade with the Chicago Cubs, is starting at third base and hitting fifth.
The Tigers start Chad Bell (0-2, 5.79 ERA), who is making his third start this season after coming out of the bullpen. The White Sox counter with right-hander James Shields (3-6, 5.40 ERA).
WHITE SOX AT TIGERS
First pitch: 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Comerica Park, Detroit
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Records: The Tigers are 60-85, fourth place in the American League Central Division, 29.5 games behind the Indians. The White Sox are 58-87, fifth place in the AL Central, 31.5 games behind the Indians.
WHITE SOX LINEUP
1. Tim Anderson, SS
2. Yoan Moncada, 2B
3. Jose Abreu, 1B
4. Avisail Garcia, RF
5. Matt Davidson, 3B
6. Tyler Saladino, DH
7. Kevan Smith, C
8. Alen Hanson, LF
9. Adam Engel, CF
SP: James Shields, RHP
1. Ian Kinsler, DH
2. Alex Presley, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Nick Castellanos, 3B
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
6. James McCann, C
7. Andrew Romine, 2B
8. JaCoby Jones, CF
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP: Chad Bell, LHP