On a cold, blustery, misty night….the Detroit Tigers started their six game home stand with a 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Justin Verlander and Ryan Raburn led the way – Verlander had a consistent mid to upper 90s fastball, and dominated Sox hitters not named Konerko or Quentin. He finished seven strong innings by allowing just 3 runs – all on solo home runs – on four hits, with no walks, and eight strikeouts. Verlander ended the night by recording career strikeout number 1000 – becoming just the 15th pitcher in Tigers history with 1000 or more strikeouts. Carlos Quentin accounted for two of the White Sox runs with two long solo home runs, and Konerko added a run on another. But the Tigers led this one from the 2nd inning on. The Tigers jumped on Sox starter Mark Buehrle for two runs in the space of three pitches in the second: Miguel Cabrera singled, Jhonny Peralta tripled, and Brennan Boesch brought in Peralta with a sacrifice fly. Ryan Raburn’s third home run of the year – down the right field line – brought in Austin Jackson to make it 4-0 in the third inning. The Tigers added runs in the 4th and 6th…then put the game away with three in the eighth. Buehrle – who had eight quality starts in his last nine appearances against the Tigers – was knocked out after giving up six runs through 5 and two-thirds innings.
Raburn finished the night with four RBIs, Alex Avila had two doubles and an RBI, Peralta had two hits, and Casper Wells finished 2-4 with two RBIs. The win for Verlander was his second of the year. The Tigers have now beaten the White Sox in nine of their last ten meetings. The Tigers are now 10-10, and have now beaten the White Sox in nine of their last ten meetings. The Tigers can climb over the .500 mark for the first time this year with a win tomorrow afternoon. Brad Penny starts for the Tigers, Edwin Jackson for the White Sox. We’re on the air at 3:45.
Listen below to Jhonny Peralta’s RBI triple
Listen below to Ryan Raburn’s solo HR