Detroit Tigers blanked by Chicago White Sox, 8-0

CHICAGO – Three straight balls put Gavin Sheets in a hitter’s count in the bottom of the first inning. He received the green light to swing and hammered Detroit Tigers rookie right-hander Garrett Hill’s fourth pitch of the at-bat for a three-run home run.

“The 3-0 count to Sheets was the first critical mistake,” manager AJ Hinch said, “where you fall behind a guy who can free up and hit the ball out of the ballpark. And he did.”

Those runs were more than enough for the Chicago White Sox. Still, the reigning American League Central champions tacked on three more runs in the second inning before adding two runs in the sixth.

The Tigers’ winning streak was snapped at six games as they lost, 8-0, to the White Sox in the third of four games at Guaranteed Rate Field. Detroit dropped to 36-48 overall but has a 12-8 record since June 18.

Position player Kody Clemens pitched a perfect eighth.

White Sox right fielder Gavin Sheets hits a three-run home run against the Tigers during the first inning on Saturday, July 9, 2022, in Chicago.

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Making his second MLB start, Hill needed 56 pitches to complete the first six outs: 35 pitches in the three-run first inning and 21 pitches in the three-run second. He settled down and kept the White Sox from scoring in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

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