Detroit at Chicago

W: M. Thornton (3-3) L: Z. Miner (1-2)
S: B. Jenks (28)
HR: DET - M. Hessman (1)   CHW - R. Mackowiak (6), T. Iguchi (6), J. Thome (17)

ChiSox seize on wacky hit in 8th, cap six-run rally to sweep twinbill

CBS wire reports

CHICAGO -- A.J. Pierzynski figured he had the night off after working the first game of a doubleheader. Instead, he found himself behind the plate after an injury to Toby Hall and smack in the middle of one of the White Sox's biggest comebacks.

Pierzynski, who entered after Hall was hit by the backswing of Carlos Guillen's bat in the sixth, hit a crazy-hop single past Guillen in the eighth to drive in the go-ahead run as Chicago beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7 for a sweep of the day-night doubleheader.

"You have to be ready," Pierzynski. "You never want to see anybody go down like that, no matter what the situation is."

Chicago won the opener 5-3 behind Javier Vazquez and Paul Konerko, who hit a two-run homer.

"To win two games against that team is pretty tough the way they've been playing and with their lineup," Pierzynski said. "We played a pretty good first game and the second game it looked like we were out of it."

The White Sox trailed 7-1 in the night game before getting two runs in the sixth, then closed to 7-6 when Jim Thome hit a three-run homer off Chad Durbin in the seventh. Pierzynski had walked and was on base when Thome connected.

Rob Mackowiak opened the eighth with a bad-hop double past first baseman Sean Casey, moved to third on a grounder and scored the tying run on a single by Scott Podsednik, who came off the disabled list Tuesday.

Podsednik stole second, Juan Uribe walked off Zach Miner (1-2) and Pierzynski hit a liner that bounced right in front of Guillen. Had Guillen controlled the ball, he might have started a double play. The play was initially ruled an error, but changed by the official scorer to a hit about half an hour after the game.

"It took a funny hop on him," Pierzynski said. "It looked like he was trying to catch it in the air and coming to get it, it kind of took a hop and came up."

Matt Thornton (3-3), who got the final out of the top of the eighth, got the win. After Thornton gave up a leadoff single in the ninth to Casey, Bobby Jenks got the final three outs for his 28th save in 33 chances, his second of the day. Pinch-runner Brandon Inge stole second, but Mike Rabelo lined into a game-ending double play.

"I didn't have any problem with Inge getting doubled. That's a tough one. You've got to score," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Virgil Vasquez called up by Detroit from Triple-A, made his second major league start in the second game. He allowed two runs and four hits in five-plus innings, giving up homers to Rob Mackowiak and Tadahito Iguchi. He left with a 7-2 lead but the Detroit bullpen faltered.

"Obviously we should have won the game for him, but we didn't do it," Leyland said. `

Chicago starter Gavin Floyd, also called up from Triple-A to make his second start this season, was roughed up for seven runs -- five earned -- and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Mike Hessman, who had 27 homers in the minors before being called up this week, hit a long solo shot in the second. Detroit added two more on Rabelo's double, a two-base error on Mackowiak for missing Curtis Granderson's fly ball to right and an RBI single by Gary Sheffield.

Placido Polanco had an RBI double in the fourth. Hessman added a sacrifice fly and Ryan Raburn's RBI single in the fifth finished Floyd.

Thome's homer was his 17th of the season and 489th of his career.


  • Hall got a minor concussion after he was apparently struck in the neck and head area by the backswing of Guillen's bat. X-rays and a neurological exam were negative
  • The opener was a makeup of an April 26 rainout.
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Jim Thome trots the bases, much to Chad Durbin's chagrin, after the slugger's 3-run shot in the 7th.  (AP)
Jim Thome trots the bases, much to Chad Durbin's chagrin, after the slugger's 3-run shot in the 7th. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Rabelo
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

J. Thome
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5100013 .301
Placido Polanco, 2B4021100 .332
Gary Sheffield, DH3111111 .298
Magglio Ordonez, RF4011104 .357
Carlos Guillen, SS5120013 .307
Sean Casey, 1B5120002 .293
    Brandon Inge, PR0000000 .241
Mike Hessman, 3B4112011 .375
Mike Rabelo, C5130001 .267
Ryan Raburn, LF4121012 .400
2B - Placido Polanco (23, Floyd), Mike Rabelo (7, Floyd)
HR - Mike Hessman (1, Floyd)
SF - Mike Hessman (1)
RBI - Placido Polanco (43), Gary Sheffield (67), Magglio Ordonez (84), Mike Hessman 2 (4), Ryan Raburn (3)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (15), Gary Sheffield (20), Magglio Ordonez (29), Ryan Raburn (2)
SB - Gary Sheffield (17, 2nd base off Floyd/Hall), Brandon Inge (6, 2nd base off Jenks/Pierzynski), Ryan Raburn (1, 2nd base off Floyd/Hall)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Guillen-Casey
Detroit Tigers
Virgil Vasquez 5422242 9.39
Macay McBride 0.1211000 4.13
Chad Durbin 1.2233111 4.23
Zach Miner (BS,1; L,1-2) 1322110 3.32
Pitches-Strikes - Virgil Vasquez 92-58, Macay McBride 14-9, Chad Durbin 31-19, Zach Miner 28-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Virgil Vasquez 6-4, Macay McBride 1-0, Chad Durbin 2-2, Zach Miner 1-0
Batters Faced - Virgil Vasquez 20, Macay McBride 3, Chad Durbin 8, Zach Miner 6
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF5110012 .244
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B2111212 .250
Jim Thome, DH4223011 .288
Paul Konerko, 1B4010002 .261
Rob Mackowiak, RF4232011 .286
Josh Fields, 3B4000013 .247
Scott Podsednik, LF4111002 .257
Juan Uribe, SS3000110 .217
Toby Hall, C2010000 .207
    A.J. Pierzynski, C1111100 .265
2B - Jim Thome (12, McBride), Rob Mackowiak (11, Miner)
HR - Tadahito Iguchi (6, Vasquez), Jim Thome (17, Durbin), Rob Mackowiak (6, Vasquez)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (29), Jim Thome 3 (56), Rob Mackowiak 2 (36), Scott Podsednik (3), A.J. Pierzynski (34)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Thome 3 (17)
SB - Tadahito Iguchi (8, 2nd base off Vasquez/Rabelo), Scott Podsednik (5, 2nd base off Miner/Rabelo)
CS - Juan Uribe (5, Home by Miner/Rabelo)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko, Iguchi-Uribe
E - Rob Mackowiak (3, Dropped fly)
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd 4.21175051 9.58
Boone Logan 1.1100100 5.53
Ehren Wasserman 1100000 8.10
Ryan Bukvich 0.2000200 3.78
Matt Thornton (W,3-3) 0.1100000 5.45
Bobby Jenks (S,28) 1000000 3.61
HBP - Sheffield (by Gavin Floyd)
WP - Gavin Floyd (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 96-60, Boone Logan 34-21, Ehren Wasserman 14-10, Ryan Bukvich 16-6, Matt Thornton 8-6, Bobby Jenks 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 5-5, Ehren Wasserman 1-1, Ryan Bukvich 1-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 27, Boone Logan 6, Ehren Wasserman 3, Ryan Bukvich 4, Matt Thornton 2, Bobby Jenks 2
Game Information
Attendance - 29042
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Chad Fairchild