By Simon Farber, Staff Reporter
This past Monday (9/21/15), White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija looked like the ace of old. Facing off against the Tigers in Detroit, Samardzija pitched to the tune of a complete-game shutout, allowing just one baserunner through nine innings: a single by Victor Martinez in the fifth. It took Samardzija only 88 pitches to complete the game, the most efficient complete game victory for a White Sox pitcher since Jerry Reuss threw 87 pitches in 1989. The win improved Samardzija’s record to 11-13 on the 2015 season.
On the flip side, taking the loss for the Tigers was Kyle Ryan who had a fairly successful start going seven innings and allowing just two earned runs. His only flaw was his inability to retire Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez, who was 3-3 against Ryan. Sanchez got the Sox on the board first in the third inning, scoring on a two-out single from Adam Eaton. In the 5th inning, Sanchez took Ryan deep to left field for his fifth home run of the year, recording the game’s second and final run. As for the rest of the White Sox hitters, Adam Eaton improved his batting average to .281 with two singles against Ryan, and Sox slugger Jose Abreu went 0-3 with two strikeouts dropping his impressive batting average to .296 on the season.
The White Sox and Tigers played a makeup game in the night-cap of Monday’s double-header with the White Sox winning by a score of 3-2. The victories bring the White Sox to 72-78 on the season, 3.0 games in front of the Tigers at 69-81.