For the Detroit Tigers, one victory on Saturday might have meant more than usual, considering the team they defeated.
It’s been a rough go of late for the Tigers against the Chicago White Sox, but Detroit hopes Saturday’s 11-5 home win can be a mild sign of a turnaround as the teams prepare for the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was meaningful because it was only the 10th time in the last 40 meetings that the Tigers defeated the White Sox.
Even with the loss, Chicago is still 18-3 against Detroit in the last 21 encounters and 9-3 in the season series this year.
It looked like it would be more of the same on Saturday when the White Sox held a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning, but the Tigers stormed back with eight unanswered runs to earn a rare win in the series and some renewed confidence.
“I don’t want to talk about games I wasn’t here for and penalize this team for losses that date back further than this season,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We think about what we are doing today and we like where we’re at. They have played us very tough this season. We’ve had some close games that have slipped away against them. They are leading the division for a reason. They have a ton of talent and are doing a great job collecting a lot of wins. (Saturday), we fought back and got a win.”
The game will wrap up the fourth series of the season already between the teams. They will only get together for two more series in the second half once Sunday’s contest is over.
The White Sox will start Lucas Giolito, who enters with a 6-5 record, 111 strikeouts and a 3.84 ERA in 93 2/3 innings pitched this season.
However, Detroit has given Giolito more trouble than any other team so far.
In three starts against the Tigers this season, Giolito is 0-2 and has allowed seven home runs and 10 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings. He is 5-4 with a 4.33 ERA in 12 career starts against Detroit.
Chicago will look to rekindle its winning ways after seeing a five-game winning streak end with Saturday’s loss.
One piece of news that emerged after Saturday’s game for the White Sox is that catcher Yasmani Grandal, who left the series opener with calf tightness, won’t be in the lineup for the finale. He hopes to return on Monday.
“I’ve been doing exactly what I want to do with the ball,” Grandal said. “I’m pretty locked in, but I’ve been even better than that. It’s not locked in 100 percent. It can be way better.”
Countering for the Tigers is rookie Matt Manning (1-2, 8.16), who is making his fourth start since being called up from Triple-A Toledo. Manning was productive in his first two starts by pitching at least into the fifth inning both times, but was rocked for nine runs in a loss at Cleveland on Monday.
Manning was pulled in the fourth inning.
–Field Level Media