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White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Michael Fulmer was fantastic, but the bullpen blew it

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A solid comeback start from Michael Fulmer was ruined by the back end of the ‘pen.

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The Detroit Tigers had their Friday-night game against the Chicago White Sox well-in-hand... until it unravelled in the eighth with lightning speed.

Michael Fulmer’s return to Detroit started off with a superb 1-2-3 first, and the Tigers immediately got him a run with a walk, single, and a Nicholas Castellanos double-play grounder. The plan before the game was to limit Fulmer’s pitch count at about 70; he only needed 44 to get through the first three innings, the sole baserunner in that stretch a leadoff double in the second. He sat at 59 through four, and exited after Omar Narvaez’s two-out single in the fifth, touching 98 mph with his fastball at times and throwing 77 pitches.

Reynaldo Lopez was no slouch either. His stuff sizzles, touching the high 90s with his fastball. He’s walking 3.8 batters per nine innings, which isn’t going to get you very far in the major leagues, and he’s only striking out 6.5 per nine. He definitely has an arm worth watching, though.

The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the third, as Victor Reyes doubled (?!) to left, got pushed up by a groundout, and a Castellanos single scored him. Starting with his 5-for-5 game against the White Sox on August 13, Castellanos is hitting .410 with three dingers and four doubles, good for an OPS of 1.232.

Victor Alcantara’s last outing was lousy, as he faced five Cubs and four of them scored. Today, though, he was on: he took over for Fulmer in the fifth, finished that frame, and had a pleasantly uneventful sixth. Daniel Stumpf’s seventh went strikeout, groundout, strikeout; this was his third scoreless outing since coming back up from Toledo.

Castellanos struck again in the seventh: Reyes got on by an error, stole second, moved up on a Jeimer Candelario single, and Nicholas again singled in Reyes to put Detroit up 3-0.

And then...

...hoo-boy.

Joe Jimenez struck out the first batter of the eighth but, whoops, two singles and a walk loaded the bases. Joan Moncada clanked a double off the right-field wall to score two and chase Jimenez, bringing in Shane Greene. Greene’s first pitch produced an Avisail Garcia single and a tie game; two more pitches un-tied it on a Daniel Palka double, two more and Greene was gone after another double, this one by Tim Anderson, made it 6-3 for Chicago.

As Ron Burgundy might say, “That escalated quickly.

Alex Wilson was summoned to try to stop the bleeding, which he did with a strikeout and foul popout. Buck Farmer came on for the ninth and, as has been the case lately, was quite solid. The Tigers went out meekly in the ninth to end the game.

Stats and Notes

  • Coming into tonight’s game, in the month of August, Jim Adduci has hit .352 with an .894 OPS in 57 plate appearances.
  • Victor Reyes’ double was his first extra-base hit since July 1, which was also a double.
  • Wooly mammoths went extinct right around the same time that the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt was being built.

The Wildlife Corner

“Wild turkeys, they’re mean. ... There’s these times when I come home, and there’s wild turkeys in the yard. I honk the horn and they spit at me.” — Jim Price

Poll

Who was the Tigers’ player of the game?

This poll is closed

  • 84%
    Michael Fulmer (4 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 4 K)
    (183 votes)
  • 10%
    Nicholas Castellanos (2 for 5, 2 RBI)
    (23 votes)
  • 0%
    Victor Alcantara (1 1⁄3 IP, 1 K)
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    Victor Reyes (2B, 2 R)
    (8 votes)
216 votes total Vote Now