The White Sox continued to be in a team wide offensive slump as they fell to the Detroit Tigers for the second straight night in a 5-1 loss. Only one game separates the White Sox and Tigers in the A.L. Central and Sunday night's finale is crucial for both teams. The Sox needed the offense to step up after Francisco Liriano lasted only four innings after walking seven and giving up three earned runs. However, the Sox couldn't find any weaknesses in Max Scherzer, who was sensational giving up only four hits in eight innings and striking out nine.
The game started out dead even but it was Brennan Boesch's triple in the third that got the Tigers on the board. The very next play Miguel Cabrera singled in Boesch to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. The Tigers added three runs to their lead in the fifth on a single by Avisail Garcia, a solo shot from Delmon Young in the seventh and a Miguel Cabrera single in the eighth. It wasn't until the top of the ninth inning with two outs when the Sox finally got on the board thanks to a triple by Orlando Hudson, but by then it was too little too late for the Sox to get a rally going.
The Tigers will look for the sweep in Detroit tomorrow in front of a national TV audience and hope to be on top of the A.L. Central by the end of the night. It's a battle of ace pitchers as the White Sox throw Chris Sale (15-5, 2.81) against the Tigers' Justin Verlander (12-7, 2.80). It is a must win for the Sox if they hope to leave Detroit ahead in the standings and salvage what otherwise has been a disappointing weekend.
QUICK WHITE SOX NOTE: Adam Dunn sat out of Saturday's game due to an oblique strain. Dunn was a late scratch to the game after he felt pain on his right side while he was in the batting cage. Dunn and the Sox are hopeful that Dunn would be okay to play Sunday night but as a precaution the Sox called up infielder Dan Johnson to take Dunn's spot at DH in Saturday night's contest and Sunday's if necessary.
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