Detroit Tigers sweep the Chicago White Sox

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 07: Dixon Machado
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 07: Dixon Machado /

The Detroit Tigers have swept the series against the Chicago White Sox. They go to Cleveland today with Francisco Liriano on the mound.

The Detroit Tigers have taken all three games of the series at Guaranteed Rate field from the Chicago White Sox. yesterday’s win put them back at .500 this season.

Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox

The team showed amazing resilience in the first game of the series. The Tigers spoiled opening day on the south side of Chicago with a 9-7 comeback victory.

Jordan Zimmermann took a step back after showing some promise on opening day in Detroit. He gave up nine hits and six earned runs in less than five innings of work.

Daniel Norris stepped in and gave the team some quality pitching to spark the comeback. He struck out six batters in three and a third innings with just one earned run.

A home run in the bottom of the ninth from Niko Goodrum and a clutch hit from Jeimer Candelario in extra innings sealed the deal for the Tigers.

Fulmer shuts down Sox lineup

Michael Fulmer started in game two of the series for the Detroit Tigers. He wasn’t as efficient in this game as he was in his first start of the season.

Fulmer pitched five and a third innings with four strikeouts and three walks. He did, however, give up just one run.

Detroit Tigers
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 07: Michael Fulmer /

That was plenty for the offense to get the job done. Second baseman Dixon Machado had another big game for the Tigers. He went 2-5 with a double and two RBI’s to lead Detroit to a 6-1 victory in game two of the series over the White Sox. He has six doubles already this season.

Miguel Cabrera had three RBI’s on the day as well.

Series Finale

Mike Fiers got the call as starting pitcher for the Tigers in game three of the series. He put in six innings with a walk and three hits allowed. Fiers also struck out six. He was followed by steady performances by Alex Wilson, Daniel Stumpf, Joe Jimenez and Shane Greene. The pitching staff combined for nine strikeouts, two walks, and only three hits allowed. Miguel Cabrera drove in Leonys Martin in the first inning for the only run the Tigers would need to put the White Sox away.

I’m a fan of the way the Tigers played baseball in this series. They are doing all of the little things right. They’re stealing bases and working pitch counts. The Tigers have also played well defensively and had good pitching. They allowed only one run in the final two games of the series.

This team doesn’t have an abundance of talent and it will start to show at some point. Most of all, they are competing every day and that is the most important thing. For now, the Tigers are only a half-game back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central race. The Tigers start a three-game series in Cleveland. The Indians are currently a half game back of the Tigers in the AL Central standings with a record of 4-5.