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Tigers 7, White Sox 5: Nicholas Castellanos drives in 5 with a pair of homers

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Jordan Zimmermann made his first start in a month and the Tigers rally in the eighth inning for the win.

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Two home runs and five RBI from Nicholas Castellanos powered the Detroit Tigers to a 7-5 victory against the Chicago White Sox, the team’s fourth win in as many days. The contest was vital for the right fielder, who started the day hitting just .215 in June.

Saturday afternoon brought the return of Jordan Zimmermann from the disabled list, and he looked ready to go early on. He struck out the first batter he faced and three of the first four White Sox to come to the plate on his way to four perfect innings to start the game.

Meanwhile, the Tigers got it going against Chicago starter Lucas Giolito in the third inning, who entered the matchup with a 7.09 ERA. A two-out walk by Leonys Martin and single by Jeimer Candelario set the stage for Castellanos, whose opposite-field bomb put Detroit ahead 3-0.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Giolito succumbed to another two-out rally in the fifth. A walk by Candelario again set up Castellanos, and his second homer of the day — this time out to left field — made for a 5-0 Tigers’ lead.

That quickly changed, though, as Chicago finally got to Zimmermann in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back singles to start the frame led to an RBI-double by Tim Anderson and a two-run knock by Charlie Tilson. A Trayce Thompson sacrifice fly made it a 5-4 game by the time the onslaught was over.

The Tigers had a chance to respond quickly to start the sixth. John Hicks reached on a wild pitch-strikeout and moved to third when Grayson Greiner doubled, prompting a White Sox pitching change. However, Hicks was tagged out on a Jose Iglesias grounder and Ronny Rodriguez struck out to end the threat.

Manager Ron Gardenhire decided to remove Zimmermann after five innings, bringing in Drew VerHagen. Unfortunately, the White Sox struck quickly, and a leadoff triple-sacrifice fly combination tied the game at 5-5.

Buck Farmer came on to pitch the seventh inning and did not look very sharp. The White Sox loaded the bases with two outs before Jose Abreu grounded out to keep the game even.

The Tigers did not squander their chance in the top of the eighth. A single, a walk, and a dropped sac bunt pop-up led to the bases full with no men out. Former Tiger Bruce Rondon struck out Greiner, but an infield single by Iglesias put Detroit ahead. With the bases still loaded, Niko Goodrum then walked on four pitches to end Rondon’s day. The rally ended there, but not until the Tigers regained a 7-5 advantage.

Gardenhire turned to Joe Jimenez in the bottom of the frame, whose appearance after Rondon brings about some sort of symbolism. Jimenez looked just as electric as he has all season, retiring the side in order to protect the lead.

Shane Greene entered the game in the ninth inning despite pitching in the past three games. The Tigers’ closer successfully shut down the White Sox to earn the save and move Detroit to just two games under .500.


Who was the Tigers’ player of the game?

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  • 90%
    Nicholas Castellanos (3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI)
    (507 votes)
  • 0%
    Jordan Zimmermann (5.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 4 SO, 0 BB)
    (4 votes)
  • 8%
    Joe Jimenez & Shane Greene (2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 SO, 0 BB)
    (50 votes)
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