Bullpen woes persist
DETROIT (AP) – Joakim Soria said it might have been the worst outing of his career.
Not a good way to endear himself to his new fans.
Soria retired only one of the seven batters he faced, and the Detroit Tigers allowed seven runs in the seventh inning in an 11-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Soria was pitching at home for the first time since the Tigers acquired the reliever in a trade with Texas.
“There’s a lot going on in your head when you get traded, but it doesn’t impact what you do on the mound,” Soria said. “I was just terrible out there today.”
Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs in the seventh. Chicago sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning and broke the game open against Anibal Sanchez (7-5) and Soria. Alexei Ramirez added a three-run double during the rally.
Jose Quintana (6-7) allowed two runs and nine hits in six innings.
Detroit made three errors, including two in that seventh inning.
With men on first and second and one out in the seventh, Tyler Flowers singled to left, and left fielder Rajai Davis’ error allowed a run to score from second. That gave Chicago a 3-2 lead.
Soria replaced Sanchez, and after Adam Eaton’s single loaded the bases, Ramirez doubled to make it 6-2. Abreu followed with a two-run homer, his major league-leading 31st of the year. Dunn’s solo shot made it 9-2.
“That was probably the worst outing of my career,” Soria said. “You want to make a good impression on the fans and your new team, and then that happens. No matter what pitch I threw, they were right on it. I felt fine, but I missed some over the middle, and they hit all of them.”
Sanchez allowed five runs – four earned – and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
The Tigers still lead the AL Central by five games over Kansas City, but they’ve lost four in a row. This is their fourth losing streak of at least four games this season.
The White Sox are now seven games out of first.
The Chicago left-hander has a 1.84 ERA in his last eight starts, although he hasn’t always gotten much run support. That changed in a big way Tuesday.
“I tried to throw all my pitches, start ahead in the count early,” Quintana said. “Sometimes I fight with my delivery, especially early in the count.”
White Sox: Reliever Matt Lindstrom (left ankle) threw batting practice to outfielder Avisail Garcia (left shoulder) before the game. Garcia has not played since early April, and Lindstrom has been out since mid-May. Ventura says the team will know more about their status when the White Sox return to Chicago for a six-game homestand that starts Friday.
Tigers: Shortstop Eugenio Suarez left the game in the fourth inning with lower back tightness, and third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched shortly before the game with an injured right index finger. Castellanos was hit with a groundball during batting practice. He and Suarez are both day to day.
“Nick could have hit, and he could have played if we needed him, but we decided to play it safe,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’ll probably be OK tomorrow. With Suarie, we’ll just see how he feels tomorrow afternoon.”
White Sox: Right-hander Hector Noesi (5-7) starts against the Tigers on Wednesday night and will try for his third straight win. He allowed four runs in a victory over Detroit on June 9.
Tigers: Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (12-3) takes the mound. He’s unbeaten in his last six starts.