Saturday’s game two of the series between the White Sox and Tigers couldn’t have started out much worse for the Sox. Detroit (30-27) scored two runs and Edwin Jackson threw over 40 pitches so you knew his night may not be a long one. The other thing Detroit had going for them was the fact they had their ace Justin Verlander on the mound.
Verlander continued his recent dominance of the White Sox (28-32) going eight innings allowing two runs on seven hits. The Tigers ace improved to 6-3 on the season and has now won his last seven starts against the White Sox. Verlander’s only mistake was giving up a two run homerun to Gordon Beckham in the fifth inning.
Edwin Jackson settled down after the first inning and battled it out for six innings. Jackson gave up two runs on seven hits while throwing 124 pitches.
The game remained tied until the ninth inning. Austin Jackson lead off with a triple and after Don Kelly and Brennan Boesch were retired it looked like Jesse Crain might pitch out of the jam. Miguel Cabrera had other ideas and took a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall to give the Tigers the lead for good.
Crain took the loss for the Sox dropping his record to 2-2 on the season. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 15th save.
The White Sox and Tigers will meet in the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon.