White Sox get quick resolution on Eaton's walk-off
By Jason Beck and Brian Hedger
CHICAGO -- Neither a suspended game, a taxed bullpen or a suspension of starter Chris Sale could prevent the White Sox from tormenting the Tigers. Adam Eaton's two-out single in the ninth inning scored Avisail Garcia, earning Chicago a 4-3 win over Detroit Sunday afternoon in a game that started Saturday night.
White Sox closer David Robertson, who thwarted Detroit's eighth-inning threat before rain washed out Saturday night, came back to work the ninth on Sunday, stranding Ian Kinsler following his two-out bloop double. Garcia led off the bottom of the inning against lefty Justin Wilson with a chopper down the third-base line for a single, stole second when Jose Iglesias was late covering the bag, advanced on J.B. Shuck's groundout and scored on Eaton's grounder through the left side.
Robertson (1-2) was the sixth White Sox pitcher of the game after Sale, the scheduled starter, was suspended for a clubhouse incident Saturday night. The game was delayed by rain three times Saturday prior to being suspended.
"It was definitely good to get it over in one inning [Sunday]," Robertson said. "It seemed like a long time. That's what it seemed like, with the rain delays and everything, and coming back for a re-start. It seems like it's been a long 24 hours."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Tigers pitch to Eaton: Garcia's leadoff single and ensuing stolen base meant Detroit had a decision to make with the winning run in scoring position against Eaton, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Saturday night but 14-for-36 (.389) off Tigers pitching this season. The Tigers opted to pitch to him rather than walk him and face rookie shortstop Tim Anderson. Wilson, who had held right-handed hitters to a .217 (18-for-83) average and 29 strikeouts, went to a full count on fastballs before Eaton turned on a 97-mph heater, sending a ground ball out of Iglesias' reach.
Split decision: Robertson came up big for the White Sox on back-to-back days as part of the same game. After preserving a 3-3 tie by striking out Tyler Collins for the third out in the eighth Saturday night, the White Sox closer came back a day later and nixed another scoring threat in the ninth on Sunday. After giving up a bloop double by Kinsler with two outs, Robertson fanned Maybin for the third out.
"Big, gut effort from him," Eaton said. "Being a closer like he is, he's used to throwing late at night, but not coming back midday the next day at [1 p.m.], so for him to bounce back and do what he did was tremendous."
Upton out to right: Upton hasn't done a ton of power hitting to the opposite field this season, but his sixth-inning solo homer went out on a line to right, skipping off the top of the fence and into the Tigers' bullpen. Statcast™ estimated Upton hit it out at 110 mph.
Ice breaker: Garcia's home run in the fourth off Boyd gave the White Sox a 3-1 lead. The blast, which traveled an estimated 398 feet to left-center field, was his sixth of the season and ended a lengthy homer drought for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Garcia. He hadn't hit one over the fence since May 28 in Kansas City, a span of 136 plate appearances. Garcia, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, came into the game hitting .120 (3-for-25) in his last 10 games and .148 in his last 20.
"It's odd. I've been around odd ones. I don't know. I haven't put together an official ranking." -- Ventura, when asked whether the game was one of the strangest he'd been part of
WHAT'S NEXT Tigers:Anibal Sanchez (5-11, 6.60 ERA) tries to build off the momentum of his quality start last outing as he takes the mound in Sunday's series finale. With forecasts calling for more hot, humid weather in hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field, he'll be pressed to keep the ball down.
White Sox:Jose Quintana (8-8, 3.13) is scheduled to start the finale, which will be his 20th start this season and ninth at home. Quintana, who's won all three of his July outings, took the loss June 5 at Comerica Park in his first start against the Tigers this season.