MLB Players’ Weekend continued as the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers met for Game 3 of their custom jersey extravaganza. Unfortunately for the home team, the game was fairly lopsided from the start, and the neon-orange uniforms were not enough to spark any sort of life. The White Sox won 6-1, moving within two and a half games of Detroit in the standings.
The first two innings were less than stellar from Tigers’ starter Ryan Carpenter. An RBI-double two batters into the game and two more runs via a homer in the next frame put the visitors up 3-0 early on. The damage might have been even worse if it were not for a few nice plays by the defense.
Detroit struck back in the bottom of the second on a deep solo shot by Mikie Mahtook. Though he has seen a dip in power this season, August has been much better for the left fielder; he entered the game with a 131 wRC+ during the month and has now homered four times in the past 10 days.
Carpenter’s struggles continued with three straight hits and a sacrifice fly leading to two more runs and a 5-1 hole in the third inning. One more run in the sixth inning led to the end of his night. Nine hits and six earned runs in just 4.1 innings was as much as manager Ron Gardenhire could handle.
Meanwhile, Chicago starter Lucas Giolito pitched like the stud the White Sox hoped he would become upon trading for him, cruising through seven innings with just one run allowed. Giolito came into the game having given up a combined 13 runs in three starts against the Tigers this season, but he looked like a much different pitcher tonight.
Drew VerHagen replaced Carpenter and looked very sharp in relief. He gave up only one hit over two and two-third scoreless frames, extending his run-free streak to five outings in a row. Since the start of July he is sporting a 2.33 ERA in over 27 innings and should have a solid role in the bullpen next season if he continues this trend.
Neither team scored in the last four innings, with a few different relievers entering the game. Louis Coleman got the job done in the eighth and ninth, keeping the score at 6-1 while allowing a pair of base runners. The Tigers recorded just four hits all night.
Back in Detroit
Last night’s starter Michael Fulmer joined a quick interview with the Fox Sports Detroit crew during the game to talk about his return from the disabled list. Fulmer talked about how he made some mechanical changes during his rehab period, focusing primarily on his slider, but also making some tweaks to his fastball.
While he did not share anything too notable about his time in Lakeland, he comically mentioned that he “didn’t know we had those kind of guys down there” when speaking about the current rotation. If all goes well, these starters could be future teammates of Fulmer with the Tigers sometime in the near future.
Who was the Tigers’ player of the game?
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Mikie Mahtook (421-foot home run)
Jose Iglesias (3-for-4, 2B)
Drew VerHagen (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R)