DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers' offense exploded for 10 runs led by James McCann and Victor Martinez's big nights. In Jordan Zimmermann's first start since missing time for an injury, the bullpen stayed out of trouble and the offense rattled off 14 hits en route to a 10-3 thrashing of the Chicago White Sox.
He wasn't particularly sharp, but Zimmermann's stuff looked fairly decent in his return from a Grade 1 groin strain on May 22. Still, it was clear he had a little bit of rust to shake off, and that became evident in the second inning. Back-to-back one-out singles produced a run after Avisail Garcia knocked a two-out RBI single, giving the White Sox the early lead. The Tigers' offense responded with a two-spot in the bottom of the frame, though, and Zimmermann put up a 1-2-3 inning as thanks.
Zimmermann retired 11 of the next 12 batters until a one-out walk in the sixth, which would come around to score on the RBI double by Jose Abreu. His leash was understandably short, though, being as this was his first start since the injury. The bullpen had been warming soon after the first baserunner of the frame, and a walk with two outs in the same ended his day. Alex Wilson was called on with runners on the corners to get the last out and in a change of fortunes, did not allow either inherited runner to score.
Detroit's offense would scrape out another run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by James McCann, the catcher's second run of the night. The Tigers strung together a few hits in the seventh to add two runs, but it was in the eighth that they jumped to a comfortable lead. McCann led off with a triple, and three more walks combined with two singles and a run-scoring double play handed them a 10-2 lead.
Jordan Zimmermann: In his first start after missing 11 days and a start for a Grade 1 right groin strain, Zimmermann gave the Tigers a solid chance. He didn't go deep, but allowed just two runs on five hits, striking out three and walking two on 93 pitches.
Bullpen: Strong. Efficient. Alex Wilson didn't allow an inherited runner to score, and Justin Wilson was lights-out in the eighth. He struck out two and needed just 15 pitches.
Victor Martinez: Doubled in the first, knocked an opposite field home run in the third inning, and had an RBI single in the seventh. He needed the unlikely triple to hit for the cycle.
James McCann: Had a
two-three-hit night: a homer in the second and an RBI single in the sixth for some insurance against Chicago. Oh, and a triple in the eighth. But just barely. He nearly didn't make it.
Banned for the evening.
STREAKS AND STATS:
- Jordan Zimmermann gave up a double to Jose Abreu in the sixth, putting the White Sox within one of the Tigers. It marked Abreu's first extra-base hit since May 24, an extra-base slump that had spanned 31 at-bats.
- James McCann's home run in the second was just his second of the year. It was also his second extra-base of the season. He later knocked his first non-homer extra-base hit (a triple) of the year in the eighth.
- McCann is the first Tigers catcher to homer and triple in the same game since Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez did it on April 14, 2008 vs. the Twins.
- Victor Martinez knocked a home run and a double in the same game for just the second time this year. His last was on April 29 vs. the Twins at Minnesota.
- Miguel Cabrera left the game in the seventh with lower back tightness. He is day-to-day.
James McCann: first catcher with a triple & HR in a game vs #WhiteSox since Chris Hoiles 5/16/1992— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 4, 2016
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