It is not very often that a team beats Max Scherzer. And it is especially rare that a team overcomes a 3-0 first inning lead to do so.
But that's just what the Chicago White Sox did on Saturday afternoon behind their ace Chris Sale. The nasty lefty overcame a rough first inning and the White Sox knocked around Max Scherzer for 6.2 innings to earn a comeback win in game one of a doubleheader.
With his parents on hand at US Cellular Field, Sale took a little time to develop a rhythm. But Sale got his 11th win of the season after allowing three runs in the first inning.
It all started with Ian Kinsler's 31st career leadoff home run. One of the most powerful leadoff men in the game, Kinsler lined a Sale fastball over the left field wall to give Detroit a 1-0 lead. Sale allowed Tori Hunter to reach base before striking out Cabrera on three heaters. That left a man on with just one out for Victor Martinez. The Tigers' slugger entered the game 13-for-25 against Sale and somehow managed to improve those career numbers. He lifted a two-run home run to left that gave his team a 3-0 lead before Max Scherzer even took the mound.
Staked to a three-run lead, Scherzer could not shut down the White Sox in the first after a pair of Detroit errors. The second error allowed Adam Dunn to reach first on a routine grounder to second base. It brought home Alexei Ramirez, who went all the way to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Scherzer.
The Tigers remained ahead, but didn't get any more against a now-locked in Chris Sale. The "Chicago Scarecrow" ended up lasting seven innings and struck out 12 Detroit batters. Incidentally enough, all 12 of the K's came in four innings when Sale struck out the side. He also fanned the two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera a trio of times.
Scherzer feels the heat
Sale found himself in position for the win after Scherzer's third inning proved even tougher than Sale's first. The White Sox struck for four in the third, capped off by an Adam Dunn two-run homer. The ball went seemingly straight up into the air and came down just over the wall in right field.
Tyler Flowers added an insurance solo home run in the fourth to conclude the scoring. Jake Petricka threw a scoreless ninth to bottle the 6-3 win and earn the save. These two played one more on Saturday night, which the Tigers won 8-4.