The Champagne Will Have to Wait: Tigers Fall in Series Finale to Sox; Indians Win Again

The victory champagne remains on ice.

The victory champagne remains on ice.

On the first official day of fall, the boys of summer had a chance to seal up their third straight division title and book a third consecutive postseason appearance. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the division clinching celebration will have to be temporarily postponed as the White Sox take the finale of the three-game series, 6-3. With the loss, the Tigers remain two games away from a division clinch. With Kansas City’s 4-0 extra innings victory over Texas today, however, the Tigers could clinch at least a playoff berth with a victory tomorrow.

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Anibal Sanchez struggled uncharacteristically in his shortened start; his stuff did not appear crisp, and four runs on eight hits in his 5 IP of work. Evan Reed followed up Sanchez with 2.2 IP of relief, in which he gave up two runs. Darin Downs finished off the game with a perfect 1.1 IP.

The Tigers just couldn’t get to Erik Johnson, the White Sox’ rookie starter, as he went 6.2 IP and gave up only two runs on nine hits. Donnie Veal replaced him in the seventh, allowing a run, and Matt Lindstrom finished off the Sox victory.

Former Tiger, Avisail Garcia, had a big game, collecting three hits in five at bats with two RBI. Garcia also scored a run himself. Garcia has played well for the White Sox since the trade, posting a .289/.319/.417 triple slash.

Rookie Nick “Edmundo” Castellanos had a nice game for himself as well, as he got two hits in four at bats, raising his batting average to .294. In 13 at bats, Castellanos has a .294/.294/.294 triple slash since being called up on September 1st.

The Tigers now set off for their final roadtrip of the season, leaving behind the friendly confines of Comerica Park. Despite today’s loss, the Tigers now boast five consecutive seasons of 50 or more wins at home.

The Tigers send Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.66 ERA) to the mound tomorrow, while the Twins oppose him with Mike Pelfrey (5-3, 5.34 ERA).

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