Detroit Tigers drop Game 1 of DH to Chicago White Sox, 3-2

Chicago White Sox starter Carlos Rodon exposed the Detroit Tigers by racking up a whopping 12 strikeouts through six innings.

When Rodon crossed the hill, Chicago’s offensive broke through and delivered three runs against right-handed Casey Mize in the fifth inning. The Tigers (8-17) trailed 3-1 in a 7-inning game 1 of the double header on Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Rodon has kept his opponents at a batting average of 0.085 this season. He scored a no-hitter hit against Cleveland on April 14 and was dynamite on his four starts in 2021.

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Tiger's first baseman, Miguel Cabrera, reacts after battling the White Sox in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the Doubleheader in Chicago on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Before scoring a goal in the fifth inning, the White Sox were 0:15, with runners in goal position for the first 13 innings of the series. Rodon allowed a two-hit, one-step run. He threw 66 of his 96 pitches for strikes. Righty Liam Hendriks threw the seventh place to complete the Chicago win.

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Bad inning

In the fifth, Mize loaded the bases with one and two walks to the first three batters. Then first baseman Miguel Cabrera bobbled a grounder from Billy Hamilton, which would have been a surefire force on the home plate. While Hamilton initially failed, the first run scored against Mize.

Then Leury Garcia singled on a splinter of the first pitch to cover two more runs for the Sox.

“I felt like I was throwing the ball well, but the fifth got away,” said Mize. “Gave (Jake) Lamb a 1-2 (single) he draws. I just didn’t take this field, then I ran twice in a row. Disappointing because I felt like I was throwing the ball pretty well. It just sucks. ” . “

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Tiger pitcher Casey Mize will play the White Sox in the first inning on Thursday, April 29, 2021 in Chicago.

Mize, 23, used 10 pitches in the first inning, 14 in the second, 15 in the third, nine in the fourth, 22 in the fifth and 17 in the sixth.

Before losing control of the strike zone at the start of the fifth frame, Mize had given up just an eight-pitch walk to Jose Abreu in the second and a double to Zack Collins in the third. He later suspended Yoan Moncada in the sixth with a lead-off double with a ground-out and two consecutive strikeouts.

Mize allowed three runs with four hits and three walks with six spikes. He threw 87 pitches (53 strokes). He created 13 swings-and-misses with four four-seam fastballs, three (of his six) curveballs, three sliders, two sinks, and a splitter.

“It feels good to be efficient and get your boys back in the dugout so they can get in the box and put quality bats together,” Mize said. “If they’re on the field too long, it really takes their record off the ground. I take pride in getting the innings over and over quickly and being as efficient as possible.”

Mizes Fastball averaged 150 km / h and hit 95.9 km / h.

A good sign?

Since the tigers urgently need someone to improve bats with consistent quality, Schoop shows improvements in the offensive. In the first game of the series, on Tuesday, he crashed a solo home run in the eighth inning.

His first and second bats in Thursday’s early game produced an exit speed of 105.1 mph (line-out to shortstop) and an exit speed of 108.7 mph (doubles), respectively. He struck in his last blow.

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Schoop needs more of these record appearances – those where he has hard contact – to move forward. He still only beats .197 in 22 games. The Tigers signed a $ 4.5 million one-year deal this off-season after scoring a 0.278 goal with eight home runs in 44 games for the Tigers in 2020.

Tiger for a day

Before the double header on Thursday, the Tigers outfielder called Derek Hill as the 27th player. When the games are over, he will be sent back to the alternative training location. The 25-year-old, who was moved into 23rd place overall in 2014, is scheduled to be the starting player for Triple-A Toledo from the beginning of the minor league season in May.

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It was Hill’s second time as the 27th player that season. He traveled from Toledo to Detroit for the double header on April 21 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and recorded an inning in midfield as a defensive substitute.

Hill made his MLB debut in 2020. He played 15 games, scoring 1-1 (0.091) with one step and six strokes. He was mainly used as a defensive substitute and a prize runner.

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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