Chicago – Welcome back to Chicago, Javier Baez.
Baez homered and Beau Brieske threw a bat in five rounds as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 in the series opening Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Tigers (35-47) have won five consecutive times for the first time since last July. They have three more this weekend against the White Sox (39-42).
Baez, who played his first game in Chicago since being traded from the Cubs to the New York Mets a year ago, was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos when his name was announced. The reaction was similar after his solo home run to the left outside of Sox starter Dylan Cease.
Bayes saw a few quick balls before turning on the Cease slider.
“He’s a tough guy when he combines all his pitches and we didn’t get a lot of hits tonight,” said Baez. “I don’t like guessing or sitting on pitches, because my swing is a bit automatic rather than reacting to it. He actually threw me a good throw. I just communicated a little bit and came up with that.”
Bayes used to boo on the road (and sometimes at home). “It’s nothing new,” he said with a smile.
Stop, who entered the game with a career record 10-0 and 1.91 ERA against Detroit, has been pretty good in his six innings of action.
“We did a lot right against a really good bowler tonight. I mean Cease is as good as they get and we made him work and we took him out of the game,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said.
The Tigers set off on an important run in the ninth against the troubled Sox insolvent Tanner Banks. Eric Haas hit the singles disc and then scored two goals on one hitter, Spencer Turkelson.
“It turns out that running at nine was huge,” Hinch said.
With five innings, Brieske only allowed a walk to second Sox base officer Josh Harrison, a former Tiger. Harrison led sixth with one single to end an unsuccessful attempt.
“It’s a lineup where you have to control the inside of the board, especially the right-handed hitters because they are very good above the board,” said Tiger Barnhart. “I can’t say enough good things about (Priske). He came down well. We needed that from him tonight.”
Briske exited seventh after dropping a single for Jose Abreu, who extended his hit streak to 12 games. Savior Alex Lange entered and hit Eloy Jimenez. Then Abreu was caught taking a nap from first base. Instead of throwing for first or second place, tiger hunter Tucker Barnhart ran across the field, right at Abreu, and personally knocked him out.
“It was a great play. Go get it! I got it first,” said Alex Lange. Barnhart said.
Tiger retired close to Gregory Soto from the first hitter, then gave up a hit, walk and double to the top of the Sox standings, putting in the hooks and going forward in scoring mode leaving no margin for error.
The tigers preferred to go to Abro rather than walk with it on purpose. Abreu hit and then Eloy Jimenez suspended the match to end the match.
“In the end, AJ decided to attack and it was clear that it worked for us,” Barnhart said.
After beating the Guardians 28-10 in a four-game sweeping round in Detroit, the Tigers found another way to win on Thursday.
“We’re playing great baseball and we’re still getting better, we’re getting better hits, we’re getting more hits and more runs,” Baez said.
The Tigers and White Sox meet again Friday at 8:10 p.m. ET. Tigers left-handed Tariq Scopal (5-7, 4.06 ERA) will face right-hander Lucas Giolito (5-4, 4.90).