After a heartfelt opening ceremony honoring Hall of Famer Alan Trammell, White Sox rookie Michael Kopech got to work on his own legacy as Chicago dispatched the Detroit Tigers, 6-2. In just his second career start, the highly-touted rookie baffled the Tigers over six impressive innings. Meanwhile, Jordan Zimmerman fell apart in the third inning after getting two outs to put the White Sox ahead early and for good.
Things went south for the Tigers in the top of the third inning, when the White Sox opened with back-to-back singles. Zimmermann looked like he might get out of it after a double play left a runner at third with two outs. But, he was unable to close out the inning. The White Sox hit a double, single, and home run to score four runs in the inning. The Sox would add on another run in the top of the sixth with a double-triple combination off Zimmermann. His final line was ugly: six innings, eight hits, five runs allowed, and five strikeouts.
The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Nicholas Castellanos and Victor Martinez led off the inning with back-to-back doubles as Kopech started to fade. The Tigers would load the bases with one out three batters later, but Ronny Rodriguez grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Buck Farmer and new call-up Josh Smoker allowed two more runs to score in the top of the seventh. Smoker’s earned run came on a bases loaded walk three batters into his debut. He did pitch a clean eighth inning, though, and Shane Greene pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Tigers made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Ronny Rodriguez led things off with a solo home run. With one out, a double, single, and walk would chase reliever Hector Santiago. Jace Fry came into a bases loaded, one-out jam, but got an infield pop out and dropped third strike off Victor Martinez and Jose Iglesias to end the threat and end the game.
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Nicholas Castellanos: 2-3, 1R, 2B, 1BB
Victor Martinez: 2-5, 2B, 1 RBI
Ronny Rodriguez: 1-4, HR