Sale hopes to keep White Sox in first place vs. TigersJul 21, 2012 - 1:19 PM
Sale has encountered very few stumbling blocks in his first season as a starter, going 11-2 with a 2.11 ERA, striking out 102 batters in 110 2/3 innings
The 6-foot-6 southpaw has won eight consecutive decisions dating back to May 17. He allowed 10 hits in eight innings of work in his last start against Kansas City on July 15, but allowed just one earned run in the 2-1 triumph.
"Obviously, a lot of hits," Sale said in regards to Monday's start. "You just try to brush that off and keep going about what you need to do and have that mindset and go out and still make pitches."
Sale faced the Tigers on April 15 and had one of his more pedestrian starts of the season, going five innings while allowing three runs in a 5-2 loss.
Detroit will send 23-year old right-hander Rick Porcello to the mound and he has been average at best this season, going 6-5 with a 4.66 ERA in 18 starts.
After winning three of his final four starts in June, Porcello has struggled in July. Though the Tigers have won both of his starts, he has a 7.71 ERA and has allowed 24 base runners in 9 1/3 innings in a pair of no-decisions.
Porcello has started nine games against the rival White Sox in his career, going 4-4 with a 5.50 ERA.
The Tigers managed to pull to within a half-game of the division-leading White Sox on Friday night when they took the first game of the series, 4-2.
Justin Verlander (11-5) continued to dazzle for Detroit, going eight strong innings and allowing just four hits, two walks, and two earned runs while striking out six, lowering his ERA to 2.42 in the process.
"Especially against a guy like (Jake) Peavy, I knew that if I gave up much more, it's game over," Verlander said.
Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth innings for his 18th save.
Peavy (7-7) pitched well for the White Sox despite earning the loss, striking out seven and walking none in seven innings, though he did allow four earned runs.
The White Sox got out to an early lead behind a two-run home run by Alejandro De Aza in the top of the third inning, but the Tigers answered with three runs in the bottom of the third, capped off by an RBI double by Delmon Young that proved to be the game-winner.
Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each had two hits and an RBI for Detroit.
The Tigers are now winners of three games in a row, while the White Sox have dropped three straight.
The Tigers have taken 13 of 16 meetings with the White Sox at Comerica.
- CHICAGO: 1
Jul 21 6:19 PM
- Austin Jackson single to left scored Jhonny Peralta and Gerald Laird. On the play, Danny Worth advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Ryan Raburn due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 7 Bot 8, 2 OutsJul 21 6:05 PM
- Brennan Boesch two-out, three-run Home Run (10) to right scored Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta. Gerald Laird due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 5 Bot 6, 2 OutsJul 21 5:32 PM
- Austin Jackson double to right scored Gerald Laird and Danny Worth. Runner on second with two outs and Ryan Raburn due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 2 Bot 5, 2 OutsJul 21 5:13 PM
- Dayan Viciedo single to right scored Alex Rios. Runner on first with two outs and Alexei Ramirez due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 0 Top 5, 2 OutsJul 21 5:04 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 21 4:08 PM
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