DETROIT — The Chicago White Sox came to Detroit on Monday with baseball’s third-worst offense.
They received a nice boost from the Tigers’ pitching staff.
According to Fox Sports Detroit, the White Sox became the first major league team since at least 1974 to put a runner on base in every inning of a four-game series. They scored 26 runs and won three times, including an 8-1 rout on Wednesday.
“We had a lot of guys come through for us again today,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “That’s what has been happening in the last few games and we’ve really needed it.”
The streak almost came to a halt in the ninth inning when Tigers first baseman Brandon Dixon retired the first two batters before hitting Ryan Cordell with a 60-mph cutter. Leury Garcia followed with an inning-ending groundout.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire thought the constant base traffic hurt his defense.
“Obviously, a lot of that is on the pitchers, but we also weren’t making plays behind them,” he said. “There were a ton of pitches being thrown and that means the defense is just standing around. That’s when they lose focus and make mistakes.”
Gardenhire acknowledged his team was worn out after a series that saw four games played in less than 48 hours, including a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday that didn’t end until after 11 p.m.
“We had a tough road trip and then we came right home to this,” he said. “It’s not an excuse — the White Sox played the same four games — but we weren’t very good today.”
White Sox catcher James McCann agreed with Gardenhire.
“I don’t think there’s one guy in here who isn’t at least a little tired,” McCann said. “Just being at the ballpark that long yesterday and then getting an early-morning wake-up call was tough.”
Ivan Nova shut the Tigers out for eight innings, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out one as he picked up his third win in four starts.
“I knew I had to give my team a good start today, because four games in three days isn’t much fun,” he said. “I’m not a big strikeout guy, but I know they chase a lot, and I was able to get a lot of groundballs.”
McCann had three RBI, while Tim Anderson reached base five times and scored three runs.
Detroit has lost six of seven and is 5-21 since the All-Star break. The Tigers rank last in the majors in scoring and, at .292, are two points behind the 2014 San Diego Padres for the worst on-base percentage in the 21st century.
“Look what happened today,” Gardenhire said. “He got ahead in the count and moved the ball around, and all we did was make some weak contact.”