Chicago White Sox-Detroit Tigers: Chicago Crushes and Sweeps Tigers

Steve JankowskiAnalyst IApril 6, 2008

The Detroit Tigers looked to get in the win column for the first time this season, but the Chicago White Sox made sure that wouldn't happen, as they drilled the Tigers, 13-2 to sweep the three-game set in Detroit, and drop the Tigers to 0-6 on the season.

Nick Swisher hit the second pitch of the ball game for a home run inside the right-field foul pole to put the South Siders on top.

After Detroit tied the game in the third, Chicago scored twice in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead.

Then, the White Sox blew the game wide open with a six-run sixth inning.  It started with one out and Paul Konerko hitting a routine ground ball to third.  Miguel Cabrera's throw was on target, but first baseman Carlos Guillen dropped the ball, allowing Konerko to reach safely.

Jermaine Dye followed that up with a double to left, and Tigers starter Justin Verlander walked the Majors' leading hitter, AJ Pierzynski, to load the bases for Carlos Quentin. 

Verlander hit Quentin to force in Konerko to make the score 4-1. 

Joe Crede then hit a grounder in the hole to shortstop, but Edgar Renteria's throw to second for a force play on Quentin was not in time.  Dye scored to make it 5-1, and the bases were still loaded with only one out. 

After a Juan Uribe strikeout, Swisher singled to center, scoring Quentin, and that knocked Verlander out of the game.

Orlando Cabrera then cleared the bases with a double to make the score 9-1, and sent boos cascading down on the Tigers.

In the ninth, Quentin hit a bases-clearing triple to make it 12-2, and he was knocked in by Joe Crede to make the final margin 13-2.

Crede had a big night at the plate, going 4-for-5, with three RBI and a run scored.  He was so-so in the field, however, as he committed two throwing errors early in the game, but recovered to start a two key double plays.

Starter Mark Buehrle recovered from a disastrous outing on Opening Day in Cleveland to pick up his first win of 2008 by allowing only two runs (one earned) on seven hits in seven innings of work.  He benefitted from a Sox defense that, despite committing three errors, turned five double plays in the game, including four in a row in the middle of the game.

Justin Verlander fell to 0-1 on the season after allowing nine runs (four earned) on seven hits, with three walks in 5.2 innings of work.

Detroit is still looking for their first win of 2008 and will head to Boston to face the defending World Champions in their home opener. 

The White Sox head home for their home opener on a four-game winning streak, where they will host the Minnesota Twins.  Javier Vazquez will get the start against Nick Blackburn for Minnesota.