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White Sox 11, Tigers 5: Vaughn’s Grand Slam Secures Series Win

by Nicole Reitz

For the first time this series, the Sox locked in a win against the Tigers with a large lead and minimal stress. 

Vince Velasquez took the mound today going just four innings, allowing two runs in 62 pitches. Jose Ruiz struggled in the sixth inning, leaving bases loaded and nobody out for Jimmy Lambert to fix. Tanner Banks was recalled from Charlotte and finished with his first save of his MLB career.

The bats started to come alive today, starting with an early lead in the top of the first inning as Gavin Sheets singled in Jose Abreu. Later in the second inning, AJ Pollock hit a solo home run to tie Detroit 2-2. Chicago broke up the tie in the fifth inning after Gavin Sheets walked with bases loaded. Andrew Vaughn turned this game around immediately after he hit his first career grand slam, extending the lead to 7-2. Later in the seventh, Eloy Jimenez impressed with a two-run home run, and was just a triple short of the cycle today.

With the win, Chicago moves to 76-71. 

W: Banks (2-0) | L: Hutchison (2-9) |

StatCast Breakdown

Box Score

Offensive Recap:

Pitching Recap:

White Sox Scoring Recap:

Top 1st: Gavin Sheets singles in the top of the 1st. Jose Abreu scores. 1-0 Sox.

Top 2nd: AJ Pollock hits a solo home run. 2-2 Tie.

Top 5th: Gavin Sheets walks. Elvis Andrus scores. 3-2 Sox.

Top 5th: Andrew Vaughn hits a grand slam. 7-2 Sox.

Bottom 7th: Eloy Jimenez hits a 2-run home run. 9-4 Sox.

Bottom 7th: Seby Zavala singles. Gavin Sheets scores. 10-4 Sox.

Bottom 8th: Eloy Jimenez doubles. Jose Abreu scores. 11-4 Sox.

Notable Performances

Andrew Vaugh: 1 for 4, HR, 4 RBI

With his first career grand slam, Vaughn now leads the team in home runs (17) and RBIs (73). 

Eloy Jimenez: 3 for 4, HR, 3 RBI

Doing what he does best, Jimenez crushed a 450-foot homer to left center. 

Elvis Andrus: 1 for 4, R & Yoan Moncada: 2 for 5, R

In back to back games, both Elvis Andrus and Yoan Moncada have been smart on the base path with double steals. 

Next Match Up

The White Sox have the day off tomorrow but will welcome Cleveland to town on Tuesday for three games. First pitch is at 7:10 PM CT and can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago.

Be sure to follow us on social media @SoxOn35th for more updates!

Featured Photo:  Brian Sevald-USA TODAY Sports

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