Early Offense Overcomes Rocky Pitching in Tigers 11-8 victory Over Sox

After a disappointing loss in what turned out to be a very high scoring affair in the series opener, the Tigers resorted right back to their offense in the early innings tonight while Jordan Zimmermann worked around a few errors and survived seven rocky innings to win his 9th ballgame. Brad Ausmus responded to last night’s collapse with a couple of lineup experimentations, with one of the bigger ones being the movement of Jose Iglesias to the No. 2 spot in the lineup. The SS promptly opened the scoring barrage with a double and run scored in the first inning to commence the early scoring barrage. Following the Sox two run response in the bottom of the 1st, the Tigers had some double trouble added to the mix over the next three innings and surged ahead 10-2 by the midway point in the 4th inning. However, for the second straight night, the Sox were not deterred by the early firepower. After back to back ground outs to begin the bottom half of the 4th, a walk and three consecutive singles with an error sprinkled on top added three runs to Chicago’s effort. In the end, the Tigers early run support proved to be a little to much for the White Sox, who once again showed a good amount of heart in the midst of a struggle that has carried on for weeks now. Justin Upton led the team with four RBI, Miguel Cabrera slashed four hits including two doubles, J.D. Martinez knocked three doubles, James McCann picked up a couple of RBI despite no hits, and Jose Iglesias had two big hits and an RBI. Even though the Sox crossed the plate eight times, the Tigers finally did just enough on the offensive end to overcome a few rocky areas on the hill. The rubber match will now be in the hands of Mike Pelfrey (1-6, 4.68), who won his only game against his opponent tomorrow Chris Sale (10-2, 2.87).

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