With more than 100 friends and family in attendance, the Chicago
White Sox rookie right-hander silenced the Central Division-leading
Detroit Tigers over 7 2/3 innings in a 2-0 victory at Comerica Park.
"I didn't think about that," Bassitt said of hampering the Tigers'
chances of clinching the division. "I just went out there and tried
to do my best."
Bassitt's hometown of Curtice, Ohio, is about a half hour from the
ballpark "if you want to drive fast." The cheering section saw
Bassitt (1-1) scatter six hits, walk one and strike out three. He
had made three other starts, including a loss to Detroit on Aug. 30
in his major-league debut when he allowed five runs in 6 1/3
"The first one is obviously nice but being so close to home is even
better," he said. "Having all my family here, it meant a lot."
The Tigers' division lead dropped to one game after second-place
Kansas City followed up a loss of a suspended game to Cleveland
earlier in the evening with a 2-0 win in the regularly-scheduled
Detroit (86-70) has a losing record against the White Sox and
Minnesota Twins, the teams it will face during the seven-game
homestand to complete the regular season.
"It's not going to be an easy last week," Tigers left fielder J.D.
Martinez said. "It's going to be a grind and it's going to be a
nail-biter because both of those teams play us extremely well."
Bassitt didn't pitch extremely well in his debut but he frustrated
the Tigers the second time around with his off-speed pitches,
particularly a changeup he developed in the minors this season.
"It made me feel a lot more comfortable being out there against the
same team," he said. "I kind of knew their approach against me but
at the same time, they're an outstanding hitting team. I knew I
couldn't walk people because if you walk them, they're just going to
kill you because they're way too good hitters to give them free
Tyler Flowers homered for the game's only runs and Jake Petricka
recorded his 14th save for the White Sox (72-84), who have won eight
of their last 12.
Detroit left-hander Kyle Lobstein (1-1) suffered his first career
loss despite limiting Chicago to two runs in seven innings and
striking out five. Designated hitter Victor Martinez had two hits
and reached base in all four plate appearances. Catcher Alex Avila,
who missed the previous six games with concussion-like symptoms, was
0-for-4 and struck out three times.
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Flowers' home run, which landed in the visitors' bullpen in
left-center, gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead in the second. It was the
White Sox catcher's sixth home run in 13 games and 15th of the
season. Second baseman Carlos Sanchez preceded the home run with a
Bassitt recorded only one 1-2-3 inning before the seventh but the
Tigers couldn't get any clutch hits. J.D. Martinez flied out with
two runners on in the first, while Avila and shortstop Andrew Romine
left two runners stranded in the fourth.
Victor Martinez led off the sixth with a double but Bassitt retired
the next three batters. He didn't allow another base runner until he
walked Victor Martinez in the eighth.
"He pitched us very similar to the way he did in Chicago, we just
weren't able to get a big hit, get that hit when guys were on base,"
J.D. Martinez said. "We had guys on base today and just couldn't get
NOTES: Tigers RHP Anibal Sanchez will be activated from the 15-day
disabled list on Tuesday. Sanchez, who is 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 21
starts, has been sidelined since Aug. 9 with a right pectoralis
strain. "He'll pitch out of the bullpen," Detroit manager Brad
Ausmus said. "He can fill a number of roles, depending on how deep
the starter goes." ... White Sox CF Adam Eaton was not in the lineup
while attending to a personal matter. ... The teams split their
first 16 games and the Tigers are 7-8 against Minnesota, which plays
at Detroit the final four games of the season. "They're not rolling
over for anybody," Ausmus said. ... Chicago has lost 40 games after
holding a lead, the third most in the majors behind Texas (43) and
Toronto (41). ... Detroit LHP David Price, who starts on Tuesday, is
just 3-4 since Tampa Bay traded its ace on July 31. "It's just
executing pitches," he said. "I haven't done that very well since
I've been here."
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