DETROIT TIGERS (70-81) vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (79-75)
RHP Justin Verlander (3-8, 3.46) vs. RHP Frankie Montas (0-0, 1.13)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
RECENT RESULTS: For the fourth time in the last seven games, the Tigers picked up an extra inning win as they defeated the White Sox 2-1 in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, Rajai Davis hit a walkoff triple, scoring Anthony Gose from first base with the game-winning run. Davis finished the game 2×5, while Gose was 1×3. Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez each added two hits in the win, while James McCann contributed a hit and a RBI. Blaine Hardy picked up the victory after throwing a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout. The Tigers and White Sox conclude their four-game series this afternoon. Following today’s game and an off day on Thursday, the 10-game homestand continues this weekend with three games against the Minnesota Twins (September 25-27).
RAJAI WALKS IT OFF: Rajai Davis provided the walkoff winner in last night’s game with a RBI triple in the bottom of the 10th inning. The walkoff win was the 10th for the Tigers this season. Davis’ triple was the seventh walkoff hit of his career and his first since June 30, 2014 vs. Oakland.
NEAR NO NO: The Tigers took a combined no-hitter into the ninth inning of last night’s game as Daniel Norris, Buck Farmer, Ian Krol, Drew VerHagen and Neftali Feliz combined to throw 8.1 innings of hitless baseball. According to ESPN Stats and Info, last night’s game marked the third time this season the Tigers have carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, which is the most of any team.
NORRIS WORKS FIVE PERFECT INNINGS: Daniel Norris, who was on a pitch count in last night’s game, pitched 5.0 perfect innings, striking out four. In his two starts since being activated from the disabled list on September 16, Norris has compiled a 1.04 ERA (8.2IP/1ER) with one hit allowed and eight strikeouts.
GOLDEN GOSE: Anthony Gose went 1×3 with a run scored and a walk in last night’s game. Gose has now reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 games. Over the 18-game stretch, Gose is hitting .304 (21×69) with 14 runs scored, four doubles, one triple, one home run and three RBI. Gose has a .415 on-base percentage during the last 18 games.
VERHAGEN ON A ROLL: Drew VerHagen pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout in last night’s game. He has not allowed a run in 13 of his last 15 appearances. Over the 15-game stretch, VerHagen has a 1.33 ERA (20.1IP/3ER) with 14 hits allowed, nine walks and 11 strikeouts.
EXTRA, EXTRA: The Tigers played their 17th extra-inning game of the season last night, beating the White Sox 2-1 in 10 innings. Detroit is now 9-8 this season in extra-inning games. The Tigers 17 extra-inning games are tied for the second most in the American League.
VMART ON THE MARK VS. CHICAGO: Victor Martinez is hitting .329 (208×632) with 99 runs scored, 37 doubles, 26 home runs and 108 RBI in 175 career games vs. the White Sox. He ranks second among active American League players with 208 hits vs. Chicago, while he is tied for second with 108 RBI and fourth with a .329 batting average and .400 on-base percentage. Martinez has at least one base hit in 31 of his last 40 games vs. the White Sox.
- Heart and Hustle Award Ceremony: Established in 2004, the MLB Players Alumni Association created the Heart & Hustle Award, voted on by former Major League players, to recognize the current player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirits and traditions of the game. Whether or not these players are named a Most Valuable Player, are a World Series Champion or simply play the game hard each time they take the field, these players win the MLBPAA’s admiration and respect. The Detroit Tigers 2015 nominee is James McCann, as selected by the MLBPAA. McCann receives the award from Tigers hall of famer Al Kaline during a pre-game ceremony on the field at Comerica Park.
- The first 5,000 fans, 21-and-older, will receive a Tigers Hat, sponsored by Labatt.
- The national anthem will be performed by the Lincoln High School Band from Ypsilanti, Michigan.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 70-81 / Streak: W1
Game #152 / Home #78
Home: 36-41 / Road 34-40
TIGERS VS. WHITE SOX
2015 Record: 8-7
2015 at Home: 5-4
2015 at Chicago: 3-3
All-Time Record: 1,064-1,030-15
All-Time at Home: 563-482-5
All-Time at Comerica Park: 72-73
All-Time at Chicago: 501-548-10
2015 GAME LOG
|6/5||CWS||L, 4-3 (11)||Petricka/Wilson|
|6/25||DET||L, 8-7 (10)||Duke/Chamberlain/Robertson|
|9/22||DET||W, 2-1 (10)||Hardy/Duke|
Last five games: 2-3
Last 10 games: 6-4
Last 15 games: 8-7
Last 20 games: 9-11
This content was originally published on September 23, 2015. It was delivered electronically to specific media contacts and the entire Detroit Tigers front office staff, as well as being available to media in the press box and distributed to fans at program stands around Comerica Park.