Live Tigers blog: White Sox complete comeback in 12th

Geoff Robinson
The Detroit News
Miguel Cabrera is congratluated by third base coach Dave Clark after hitting a triple against the White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field Monday in Chicago.


The collapse is complete after Anibal Sanchez took the loss in the 12th inning and completed the Tigers surrendering of an early seven-run lead.

J.B. Shuck doubled down the right field line and moved up to third on a sacrifice from Tim Anderson. With Adam Eaton at the dish, Sanchez had to attack with the middle of the order looming. Eaton hit a soft ground ball by Sanchez to get the game-winning RBI for the Sox.

Led by J.D. Martinez, the Tigers lineup tagged starter James Shields for seven runs over the first three innings.

Matt Boyd wasn't up to par today, surrendering six runs in just 4.1 innings and letting the Sox back into the game after being spotted a 7-0 lead.

With a two-run lead in the ninth inning, Francisco Rodriguez blew his first save since opening day by allowing the Sox to come back and tie the game.

Top 12th: Tigers 9, White Sox 9

Nick Castellanos stroke a two-out single to left field and J.D. Martinez really got ahold of the first pitch he saw, but by miracle, at least as far as the home team is concerned, the ball didn't get over the fence in left field and was just a very loud out that fell less than a foot short of a two-run home run.

New White Sox reliever Zach Duke struck out Cameron Maybin and got Miguel Cabrera to ground out to second base to start the frame.

Bottom 11th: Tigers 9, White Sox 9

Anibal Sanchez rolled through the White Sox in the eleventh inning as he set them down in order in his second inning of work.

Bretty Lawrie flew out to left field, Avisail Garcis struck out and Dioner Navarro popped out to second base.

Sanchez looks a lot more comfortable on the mound right now than he did when he was starting. If he can start finding confidence in his pitches again, he will probably find his way back into the starting rotation.

Top 11th: Tigers 9, White Sox 9

The Tigers loaded the bases on Nate Robertson, but Ian Kinsler flew out to shallow right field to end the threat as the game remains tied in the eleventh inning.

Justin Upton drew a one-out walk and Jarrod Saltalamacchia made a home run bid but came up just short of the fence in right center. Victor Martinez came on to pinch-hit for Mike Aviles, drawing a walk to put two men on for Jose Iglesias, who drew a walk of his own.

J.D. Martinez grounded out to third base to leadoff the inning.

Bottom 10th: Tigers 9, White Sox 9

Anibal Sanchez got the call in the tenth inning and gave up a one-out single to Adam Eaton, who stole second base and moved up to third on a ground out off the bat of Melky Cabrera. Jose Abreu was issued an intentional walk, setting the stage for Todd Frazier to be the hero for Chicago.

Well, that didn't happen.

Sanchez dialed it up to 95 miles per hour and struck out Frazier with back-to-back heaters.

Top 10th: Tigers 9, White Sox 9

Nate Jones probably didn't expect to pitch another inning for the White Sox, but he did and did it well as he set the Tigers down in order.

Cameron Maybin struck out, Miguel Cabrera did the same and Nick Castellanos popped out.

Bottom 9th: Tigers 9, White Sox 9

It took a while, but the Tigers finally surrendered their seven-run lead as Francisco Rodriguez wasn't able to escape a sticky in the ninth inning despite being given an insurance run in the top of the frame.

Rodriguez gave up a one-out single to Melky Cabrera, who moved up to second base on a wild pitch. With the extremely dangerous Jose Abreu at the dish, Rodriguez issued a walk after battling back from a 3-0 count to get it full. With the winning run at the plate, Todd Fraizer grounded into a fielder's choice. Brett Lawrie singled with two outs to trim the Tigers lead to 9-8. With men on first and second, former Tiger Avisail Garcia singled to center field to tie things up. With runners still on the corners, the Tigers closer walked Dioner Navarro to load the bases for J.B. Shuck, who flew out to center field to end the inning.

That's Rodriguez's first blown save since opening day.

We're heading to extras...

Top 9th: Tigers 9, White Sox 7

The Tigers got a break as Jarrod Saltalamacchia was called safe after reviews showed that Todd Frazier didn't tag the catcher as he slid into third base trying to stretch a double into a triple. The ball beat Salty by a mile, but Frazier was not aggressive enough in applying the tag, apparently.

With a man 90-feet from the plate and the Tigers in desperate need of an insurance run, Mike Aviles popped up in the infield. Jose Iglesias picked his team up, though, as he and Saltalamacchia executed the suicide squeeze to perfection to make it 9-7.

Ian Kinsler notched a two-out single to left field off of Sox reliever Nate Jones, but he was picked off by Jones as he attempted to steal second base.

Bottom 8th: Tigers 8, White Sox 7

Shane Greene continues to announce his presence out of the Tigers bullpen, coming in for the third consecutive day and setting the Sox down in order with little issue.

Greene struck out Dioner Navarro, got J.B. Shuck to pop out in the infield and Tim Anderson to ground out to Jose Iglesias, who made a sparkling spinning throw on a hard-hit ball off the bat.

If Greene can stay hot out of the bullpen, the Tigers may find something valuable they weren't expecting coming into the season, and it's something they desperately need.

Top 8th: Tigers 8, White Sox 7

Matt Albers was back out there for the Sox in the eighth and set the Tigers down in order.

Nick Castellanos grounded out to first base, J.D. Martinez grounded out to the shortstop and Justin Upton struck out swinging to end the inning.

Bottom 7th: Tigers 8, White Sox 7

Alex Wilson came back out for the seventh inning and recorded the first 1-2-3 inning by a Tigers pitcher tonight as he set the Sox down in order.

Todd Frazier grounded out to third, Brett Lawrie struck out looking and Avisail Garcia grounded out to third.

Top 7th: Tigers 8, White Sox 7

Jose Iglesias drew a leadoff walk, but Ian Kinsler grounded into a double play against Sox reliever Dan Jennings, who proceeded to issue another free pass, this one going to Cameron Maybin.

That was enough for Robin Ventura, who pulled Jennings and brought in Matt Albers to face Miguel Cabrera. That turned out to be a good call as Albers struck out the big man.

Unfortunately for Ventura, he was thrown out of the game for arguing balls and strikes before the at-bat came to its completion.

Bottom 6th: Tigers 8, White Sox 7

Bobby Parnell issued a leadoff walk to Dioner Navarro, who the Tigers have yet to get out tonight despite being the eighth hitter in the White Sox lineup.

J.B. Shuck did Parnell a favor when he was ahead of the Tiger reliever 2-0, swinging at ball three. Parnell came back to strike Shuck out, but Tim Anderson stroked a single to left field to put runners on the corners and end Parnell's night.

Alex Wilson got the call from the bullpen and the Sox put a run on the board as Adam Eaton hit a ball deep to center field for a sacrifice fly that makes it 8-7.

The drama didn't end there as Melky Cabrera doubled to right field to put runners on second and third for the Sox most dangerous hitter, Jose Abreu. Luckily for the Tigers, Wilson took one for the team as Abreu rocketed a ball off the reliever's chest and was thrown out to end the inning and preserve the lead.

Top 6th: Tigers 8, White Sox 6

Tyler Danish came into the game out of the Sox bullpen and walked Miguel Cabrera to leadoff the inning.

Nick Castellanos drilled a ball deep to right center but got thrown out at second base trying to stretch his single into a double. J.D. Martinez was given a free pass to first base to put runners on the corners with one out for Justin Upton, who came through with an RBI single to center field to give the Tigers a run back at 8-6 and sending Sox manager Robin Ventura back to the bullpen.

With Dan Jennings now on the bump, Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out looking and Mike Aviles grounded out to end the inning.

Bottom 5th: Tigers 7, White Sox 6

Jose Abreu got to Matt Boyd again, and this time he knocked him out of the game with a one-out single through the middle of the infield to cut the Tigers' lead to 7-4.

With men on first and second, Bobby Parnell got the call from the pen. Both runners moved up on a passed ball and Melky Cabrera scored as Todd Fraizer grounded out to shortstop. With Abreu still on second, Brett Lawrie singled to right field to cut a once seven-run lead down to a single score at 7-6.

The rally started as Adam Eaton got on base for the third time tonight, notching a one-out single just past the glove of a diving Ian Kinsler. Cabrera followed with a single to center field to put two men on for Abreu.

Boyd carved up Tim Anderson on three pitches to start the inning.

Top 5th: Tigers 7, White Sox 3

Low and behold, James Shields came back out for the fifth inning and recorded the night's first perfect inning for either side.

Shields retired the leadoff man for the first time tonight, getting Jose Iglesias to line out to second. Ian Kinsler grounded out back to the pitcher and

Through his struggles, it's amazing that Shields was able to stay in this game as long as he did. In five innings, he's tossed 106 pitches. I wouldn't expect him to be back out for the sixth.

Bottom 4th: Tigers 7, White Sox 3

Matt Boyd was one out away from recording the night's first 1-2-3 inning. Dioner Navarro had other plans.

The White Sox catcher took Boyd deep to left field for a solo shot that's cut the Tigers lead to 7-3 through four frames.

Brett Lawrie flew out to left field and Avisail Garcia grounded out to third to start the inning. Jason Coates struck out swinging at a ball in the dirt for the second time tonight to end the inning.

Top 4th: Tigers 7, White Sox 2

The Tigers threatened, but for the first time tonight, James Shields got out of an inning without giving up a run as he got Mike Aviles to ground out to second base with the bases loaded.

Miguel Cabrera drew a leadoff walk and J.D. Martinez continued to rake, drilling his second double and third hit of the night off the fence in right field.

With runners on second and third, Justin Upton popped out to first base and Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a walk to load the bases for Aviles.

That's probably going to be it for Shields. He's thrown 94 pitches through four innings.

Bottom 3rd: Tigers 7, White Sox 2

Matt Boyd hasn't been exceptionally sharp thus far and it finally came back to bite him as Jose Abreu belted a breaking ball to left center field and over the fence for a two-run shot that cuts the Tigers lead to 7-2.

Tim Anderson grounded out to third as Nick Castellanos made a nice snag on a hard hit ball and got the speedy youngster for the first out of the inning. Boyd issued a walk to Adam Eaton before getting Melky Cabrera to pop out.

That's when Abreu struck.

Boyd got Todd Frazier to fly out to left field to end the inning.

Top 3rd: Tigers 7, White Sox 0

Jarrod Saltalamacchia fought off a fastball and dropped one into left field for a leadoff single. He came around to score with a little help from much-maligned White Sox starter, James Shields.

To follow the Saltalamacchia single, Mike Aviles became Shields' first strikeout victim of the night, but as Jose Iglesias appeared to ground into an inning-ending double play, Shields fired the ball past his second baseman and into the outfield, allowing Iglesias and Saltalamacchia to reach second and third.

With two on, Ian Kinsler notched a sacrifice fly to make it 7-0.

Bottom 2nd: Tigers 6, White Sox 0

Matt Boyd stranded two White Sox in the second inning as he's been able to what his counterpart, James Shields, hasn't by keeping a couple mistakes from snowballing on him.

Brett Lawrie, vampire teeth mouthguard and all, notched a one-out double off of Boyd, before the Tigers' starter got Avisail Garcia to ground out to third base. After walking Dioner Navarro, Boyd was able to settle in and finish off the inning by getting Jason Coates strike out swinging.

Todd Frazier grounded out to leadoff the inning.

Top 2nd: Tigers 6, White Sox 0

It's safe to say that tonight isn't going to be one of those "Big Game James" moments that White Sox starter James Shields has had in the past as he struggled for a second consecutive inning with a hot Tigers lineup.

Jose Iglesias got things started with a single back up the middle of the diamond, Ian Kinsler drew a walk and after both moved up to second and third on a wild pitch, Cameron Maybin drove them home with his second single of the night to make it 5-0.

Maybin stole second base with Miguel Cabrera at the dish. Cabrera grounded out back to the pitcher. Nick Castellanos followed by flying out deep to right field, moving Maybin up to third.

That's when J.D. Martinez notched his second RBI of the night with a two-out double to center field. 6-0.

For Shields, the inning mercifully came to an end as Justin Upton flew out to center field.

The Chicago starter has thrown 47 pitches.

Bottom 1st: Tigers 3, White Sox 0

Adam Eaton notched a one-out infield single as he got jammed by Matt Boyd.

No harm, no foul, however.

Melky Cabrera grounded into a fielder's choice and Jose Abreu grounded out to end the inning.

Tim Anderson grounded out to third to leadoff the inning.

Top 1st: Tigers 3, White Sox 0

Ian Kinsler took the second pitch of the game and blasted it over the wall in left center field to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead off of newly acquired White Sox starter James Shields.

That proved to be a sign of things to come.

Cameron Maybin singled to right center and Miguel Cabrera brought him home with an RBI triple to deep right center, making it 2-0.

Nick Castellanos couldn't get Cabrera home, flying out to shallow center field for the inning's first out, but J.D. Martinez picked his teammate up with a single through the left side of the infield to get the inning's third run to the plate.

Shields issued a walk to Justin Upton before getting Jarrod Saltalamacchia to fly out deep to right center. With runners on the corners, Mike Aviles flew out to center field to end the inning.

Shields threw 26 pitches in the opening frame.


1. Tim Anderson, SS

2. Adam Eaton, CF

3. Melky Cabrera, LF

4. Jose Abreu, 1B

5. Todd Frazier, 3B

6. Brett Lawrie, 2B

7. Avisail Garcia, RF

8. Dioner Navarro, C

9. Jason Coats, DH

James Shields, P


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Nick Castellanos, 3B

5. J.D. Martinez, DH

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

8. Jose Iglesias, SS

9. Mike Aviles, RF

Matt Boyd, P


When: Monday, 8:10 p.m.

Where: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Pitching matchup: LHP Matt Boyd (0-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. RHP James Shields (2-8, 5.06 ERA)

Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit

National TV: None

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

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