Chicago at Detroit

W: N. Masset (1-0) L: J. Grilli (0-1)
S: B. Jenks (5)
HR: CHW - J. Uribe (4), T. Iguchi (2)   DET - B. Inge (3)

White Sox get late lift from Erstad to beat Tigers

CBS wire reports

DETROIT -- Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen wasn't concerned about Darin Erstad's slow start.

Erstad then went out and proved his manager right with a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning that lifted Chicago to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.

The 12-year veteran has struggled in his first year with the White Sox, hitting only .185, after going 2-for-5 on Friday night.

"When you're battling, you've just got to keep grinding and find a way, however you can," said Erstad.

Juan Uribe and Tadahito Iguchi homered for Chicago and helped Nick Masset (1-0) earn his first major league victory. Masset allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings.

David Aardsma, Matt Thornton, and Mike MacDougal combined to retire six in a row in the seventh and eighth innings, and Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his fifth save in six opportunities.

"Since the season started, the bullpen has done a tremendous job," said Guillen.

Jenks gave up a double to Placido Polanco with two outs, who advanced to third on a wild pitch. But he struck out Gary Sheffield looking to end the game.

"I felt I had worked the count to 3-2," said Sheffield. "But he called a strike, and there's nothing I can do about it."

He is also off to a slow start with a new team, with only a .125 average with a home run and five RBI.

"He'll get it going. You have to remember, he didn't play a lot last season," said Tigers' manager Jim Leyland. "It's been cold, too. He'll get it going. We're not hitting throughout our lineup, and obviously, Gary's one of the guys who's not hitting at all."

With the game tied 4-4, Rob Mackowiak led off the seventh with a single and was sacrificed to second. Erstad followed with a single to center off Jason Grilli (0-1).

"Darin gets up there and has good at-bats all the time," said Mackowiak.

White Sox starter John Danks gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Tigers starter Chad Durbin lasted five-plus innings, allowing four runs and six hits.

After Durbin retired the first eight Chicago batters, Uribe sent a 2-0 pitch just over the left-field fence and the glove of a leaping Craig Monroe for his fourth home run of the season.

The lead didn't last long because Brandon Inge led off the bottom of the third with his third homer.

Chicago took a 2-1 advantage on Iguchi's leadoff homer in the fourth inning.

Detroit went ahead 4-2 in the sixth inning when they scored three runs. Carlos Guillen had a two-run double and scored on Magglio Ordonez's double.

The White Sox tied it on an RBI single by Paul Konerko. Chicago loaded the bases with one out, but Joe Crede popped out to second baseman Polanco in short right, who then threw home to double off Jim Thome.


  • Detroit placed RHP Jose Mesa on the 15-day disabled list because of a pulled right groin and recalled RHP Aquilino Lopez from its Triple-A affiliate in Toledo to replace Mesa on the roster. It was Mesa's first time on the disabled list since 1991.
  • White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle had a little fun with Rodriguez when the catcher caught Jermaine Dye's foul pop in the second, in front of the Chicago dugout and Buehrle. Rodriguez's glove was right at the top railing when he caught it, and Buehrle then tried to take the ball out of Rodriguez's glove. Rodriguez pulled back his glove and slapped at Buehrle's hands as both players laughed.
  • The game was played before an announced sellout of 40,685.
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Players of the Game

D. Erstad
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

C. Guillen
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Chicago White Sox
Darin Erstad, CF5121001 .185
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B2211200 .244
Jim Thome, DH2000211 .325
Paul Konerko, 1B4012001 .192
Jermaine Dye, RF3000112 .204
    Brian Anderson, LF0000000 .125
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000111 .191
Joe Crede, 3B4000003 .211
Rob Mackowiak, LF-RF4120010 .250
Juan Uribe, SS3111011 .233
3B - Rob Mackowiak (1, Lopez)
HR - Tadahito Iguchi (2, Durbin), Juan Uribe (4, Durbin)
SH - Juan Uribe (2)
RBI - Darin Erstad (4), Tadahito Iguchi (4), Paul Konerko 2 (7), Juan Uribe (10)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Uribe (1)
CS - Darin Erstad (1, 2nd base by Grilli/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago White Sox
John Danks 4.2644341 5.06
Nick Masset (W,1-0) 1.1100110 4.09
David Aardsma (H,2) 1.1000020 0.79
Matt Thornton (H,4) 0.1000000 5.79
Mike MacDougal (H,5) 0.1000000 3.86
Bobby Jenks (S,5) 1100020 4.15
WP - Bobby Jenks (1)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 93-53, Nick Masset 24-13, David Aardsma 25-16, Matt Thornton 4-2, Mike MacDougal 2-1, Bobby Jenks 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 4-6, Nick Masset 1-2, David Aardsma 1-1, Mike MacDougal 1-0
Batters Faced - John Danks 23, Nick Masset 6, David Aardsma 4, Matt Thornton 1, Mike MacDougal 1, Bobby Jenks 4
Detroit Tigers
Ivan Rodriguez, C5110001 .286
Placido Polanco, 2B5020002 .382
Gary Sheffield, DH3100212 .125
Magglio Ordonez, RF3111111 .259
Carlos Guillen, SS4022012 .271
Craig Monroe, LF3000121 .200
Marcus Thames, 1B2000001 .154
   a- Sean Casey, PH-1B2000012 .170
Omar Infante, CF4010011 .333
Brandon Inge, 3B3111011 .125
   b- Curtis Granderson, PH1000010 .300
a-struck out for Thames in the 5th
b-struck out for Inge in the 9th
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (3, Danks), Placido Polanco (2, Jenks), Magglio Ordonez (7, Danks)
HR - Brandon Inge (3, Danks)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (10), Carlos Guillen 2 (9), Brandon Inge (6)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez (4), Carlos Guillen 2 (2)
SB - Carlos Guillen (2, 2nd base off Danks/Pierzynski), Omar Infante (1, 2nd base off Masset/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Polanco-Guillen-Thames, Polanco-Rodriguez
Detroit Tigers
Chad Durbin 5344422 10.54
Jason Grilli (BS,1; L,0-1) 1.2311210 8.59
Bobby Seay 0.1000010 3.86
Aquilino Lopez 2100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Durbin 74-42, Jason Grilli 33-20, Bobby Seay 6-4, Aquilino Lopez 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Durbin 6-6, Jason Grilli 1-1, Aquilino Lopez 2-3
Batters Faced - Chad Durbin 21, Jason Grilli 8, Bobby Seay 1, Aquilino Lopez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 40685
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Field Culbreth