The Detroit Tigers came into play Saturday hoping to ride the wave of offense from Friday night’s 15-5 blowout. They succeeded. The Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 10-1 to extend their win streak to three games and guarantee a series win.
Things got heated in the bottom of the first inning when, with runners on first and second, Victor Martinez hit a ground ball to the White Sox second baseman and was called out at first base. Manager Brad Ausmus asked for a replay review on the play but was told it was too late to do so by home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez — the rule change for this season states a manager must ask for a review within 30 seconds of the completion of the play. Ausmus got ... frustrated ... and was ejected, leaving bench coach Gene Lamont in charge for the rest of the game.
Brad Ausmus accidentally spits on umpire, wipes it off pic.twitter.com/ze4FPE6o6m— That Dude (@cjzer0) June 3, 2017
Nicholas Castellanos and Alex Presley hit back-to-back solo shots in the second, and Alex Avila went yard in the fourth to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. Justin Upton added a home run of his own in the eighth.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched decently. He kept the White Sox off-balance using his slider effectively for most of the afternoon, and he finished with a final line of six innings, seven hits, one run, two walks and five strikeouts on 93 pitches (65 for strikes).
The eighth inning was the biggest for the Tigers, when they scored four runs off two White Sox pitchers. Even Dixon Machado got in on the fun, driving in Jose Iglesias with a single to center field.
Alex Presley: He had three hits (including his first home run as a Tiger) and a stolen base.
Pretty much the rest of the offense: Four home runs and 15 hits overall. Everyone except Justin Upton, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez got on base at least twice.
Shane Greene: Faced five batters and sent down all five, striking out three.
Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez: Went 0-for-8 combined and were the only Tigers to not reach base.
STATS AND STUFF
- Brad Ausmus’s ejection in the first inning was the 33rd manager ejection in MLB this season.
- Jordan Zimmermann gave up less than three runs for the first time since his season debut on April 8.
- The Tigers have scored 41 runs in their last six games, surpassing their run total in the previous 11 games.