Like many of our friends throughout the SB Nation network, we are simulating the 2020 MLB season with MLB The Show 20. While we are unable to stream the games as they would otherwise be happening, we will try to get ahead of the curve and post about the games on the same day they would have taken place. Or, you know, at least get them back on schedule. Now, onto the recap!
The Chicago White Sox touched Spencer Turnbull up for six runs in four innings, and the Detroit Tigers saw their five-game win streak come to an end in a 10-4 loss on Thursday afternoon. Detroit held an early 3-2 lead, but were snowed under in the middle innings, as they were unable to finish off the sweep.
The Tigers started out hot, scoring in each of their first three innings at bat. Jeimer Candelario tripled to lead off the bottom of the first, and scored on a Harold Castro double before White Sox starter Dane Dunning recorded an out. Castro came through again in the second with an RBI single, scoring JaCoby Jones from second. In the third, Niko Goodrum doubled, then scored on a Clint Frazier groundout later in the frame.
The White Sox were able to keep pace early in large part thanks to Yasmani Grandal. The Chicago catcher hit a pair of two-run homers in his first two at-bats, both of which gave the White Sox the lead. His homer to right in the second put Chicago up 2-1 after the Tigers’ first run. Then, in the fourth, Grandal gave his club the lead for good with an opposite field homer that just barely cleared the wall in left field.
Turnbull made it out of the fourth, but the Sox sent him packing in the fifth when their first three batters of the inning reached base. Righthander Ivan Nova came on with two on and no out, and was able to record two outs before Grandal struck again, plating his fifth RBI of the game.
By then, White Sox reliever Dylan Cease was well in control. The young righthander took over for Dunning in the fourth and held the Tigers to just one hit in 4 1⁄3 scoreless innings. The Sox put the game away with three more runs in the sixth inning, and added one more in the eighth before a late Candelario home run in the ninth provided the final margin.
Following nine games at home, the Tigers will now head out for 10 on the road. First up is a trip out west to face the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. The Tigers will then meet up with the White Sox again before closing out the month with a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.
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