fuels Tigers to sweep of White Sox
Send a link to a friend
[September 01, 2016]
DETROIT -- JaCoby Jones' dream
day morphed into a 48-hour extravaganza on Wednesday afternoon.
The Detroit Tigers rookie drove in two runs, including the go-ahead
RBI, in his major-league debut on Tuesday. He followed that up by
smacking a pair of doubles and scoring the winning run in a 3-2
victory over the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.
"Probably the best two days of my life," said Jones, who started in
center field after making his debut at third base. "It's just
amazing. Everything I could ask."
Jones led off the bottom of the ninth with a double off the
right-center field wall against David Robertson (4-3). Jones
advanced to third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's long fly out, then
scored on pinch hitter Tyler Collins' game-winning sacrifice fly as
the Tigers swept a three-game series.
"He's gotten big hits, whether it's driving in runs yesterday or
leading off the bottom of the ninth with a double today," Detroit
manager Brad Ausmus said. "That right there injects energy."
The Tigers' brass didn't decide to promote Jones from Triple-A
Toledo until after Monday's series opener. General manager Al Avila
suggested it that afternoon and the final decision was made that
No one could have expected Jones to make such a swift impact.
"Impressive. He's been a real sparkplug for us, a shot in arm the
last couple of games," Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander
said. "Today, that ball almost had a chance to leave (the ballpark)
and you don't see young guys like that going to the opposite field
in that part of the park very often. It's a lot of fun to watch.
Hopefully, it's the beginning of an amazing career."
Francisco Rodriguez (3-4) tossed an inning of scoreless relief to
pick up the win.
Verlander gave up back-to-back homers to Jose Abreu and his former
batterymate, Alex Avila, in the fourth but only allowed one other
baserunner in his seven-inning stint. He walked none and struck out
"I know I'm going to be hearing about it," Verlander said of Avila's
center-field blast. "I think I'm going to ask him back for one of
the watches I gifted him."
Chicago starter Chris Sale gave up two runs on eight hits in eight
innings. He tied his season high with four walks while striking out
"With Justin and him, that's the kind of matchup that you expect it
to be," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We got a couple of
homers and I thought Chris was great. It wasn't like he was lighting
it up with his velocity but he has the stuff to get through it and
he pitched very well against a lineup that's very tough."
Chicago had won six of eight before coming up empty in Detroit.
[to top of second column]
Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) is lifted in to the air by
second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) after scoring the winning run against
the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 3-2. Mandatory
Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
"It's tough," Ventura said. "We were playing pretty good baseball
but those guys, they've been snipping us off at the end. We played
fairly well early on but with the lineup they have, it's a pretty
deep lineup that's hard to contain."
Verlander was cruising along until the fourth inning.
Abreu smacked his 19th homer of the season with two outs. Avila then
hit a majestic blast into the shrubbery above the center-field wall.
The Tigers had plenty of traffic on the bases in the early going but
hit into three double plays in the first four innings. They had a
breakthrough of sorts in the fifth, when Jones led off with a double
and scored on Andrew Romine's single. Detroit stranded two runners
in that inning when Sale struck out Victor Martinez.
That was Sale's first strikeout of the game after recording a
season-high 14 against Seattle in his last start.
The Tigers tied it in the eighth. Ian Kinsler drilled a leadoff
double and advanced on a sacrifice. Sale struck out Victor Martinez
again but J.D. Martinez followed with a sharp single to left, making
NOTES: Detroit 1B Miguel Cabrera was not in the starting lineup
because of a minor ankle issue. Manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera's
surgically-repaired right ankle flared up in recent days and wanted
to give him two days off his feet. The Tigers have an off-day on
Thursday. ... Tigers RHP Bruce Rondon, who collected the win on
Tuesday, has not allowed a run in 11 of his last 12 appearances. ...
White Sox LF Melky Cabrera was a late scratch due to stomach
discomfort. He left Tuesday's game in the eighth inning after
feeling dehydrated. ... Chicago lost nine of its last 10 games at
Comerica Park. ... White Sox RF Adam Eaton has 17 outfield assists,
tying him with Pittsburgh's Starling Marte for the major league
lead. ... Detroit begins at three-game series at Kansas City on
Friday. The Tigers are 2-5 at Kauffman Stadium this season.
[© 2016 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2016 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.