The tigers come away with a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox in 10 innings

The tigers come away with a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox in 10 innings

Matt Manning did everything he was supposed to on Friday afternoon.

He pitched effectively, covering seven scoreless innings on 87 pitches, and posted the Detroit Tigers able to win the series opener in three games against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. The Tigers squandered a two-run lead, but they came back in extra innings, winning 3-2 on a walk-one sacrifice fly from Victor Reyes in a matchup with White Sox closer Liam Hendriks in the bottom of the 10th.

“I think they thought they were going to come in and get some easy wins,” Manning said. “We didn’t like that, so we’re going to fight back.”

Reyes’ drive to center brought home Ryan Kreidler, who opened the 10th as a free runner for the Tigers. Kreidler advanced to third on Willi Castro’s sacrifice bunt, saved on an error by Hendriks while throwing to lead. That set up Reyes’ connection on a two-strike fastball from the Australian right-handed reliever.

“It was a great win,” manager AJ Hinch said.

Javier Báez carried the offense for the Tigers and finished 3-for-3 with a single, double, triple, walk, steal – and two thrown errors. He leads MLB with 26 errors and has drawn 25 walks with 18 games left this season.

“I was seeing the ball very well today,” said Báez. “My timing was pretty good, and I faced these guys a lot. I’m just making adjustments as they hit me. On the pitches in the zone, I’m trying to hit it hard.”

Detroit Tigers right fielder Victor Reyes (22) celebrates with shortstop Javier Baez (28) and third baseman Ryan Kreidler (32) after he hit a sacrifice fly to end the 10th inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Friday, 16 September, 2022.

Detroit Tigers right fielder Victor Reyes (22) celebrates with shortstop Javier Baez (28) and third baseman Ryan Kreidler (32) after he hit a sacrifice fly to end the 10th inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Friday, 16 September, 2022.

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The Tigers (55-89) ran into trouble in the eighth inning, when Hinch replaced Manning with right-handed reliever Joe Jiménez.

The bullpen got a two-run cushion, but the White Sox tied the score, 2-2, on Jose Abreu’s two-run double. Before Abreu’s double, Josh Harrison doubled and Elvis Andrus singled.

“We’re late in the season,” Hinch said. “We’re a ton under .500. We’ve started 17 pitchers. There’s no reason for me to extend Matt Manning. Different circumstances, different year, I’ll totally get it. I want to finish this season on that high. note, and I got a fresh Joe Jiménez who can miss bats like crazy.”

The bottom of the eighth, facing White Sox righty reliever Joe Kelly, started positively but ended badly. Báez collected his third hit, a hustle double to center, and moved up to third base on Eric Haase’s grounder to the right side of the field.

That brought Spencer Torkelson to the plate with one out.

Torkelson, in his 11th game since returning to the big leagues, fell behind 0-2 in the count but took three consecutive curveballs to work a full count. The sixth pitch, another down-and-away curve, he fooled. He struck out swinging for the second out. Catcher Yasmani Grandal blocked the ball and bounced it in front of the plate. On the strikeout, Báez tried to score from third base, as Torkelson continued to get frustrated.

“I thought (the ball) went to his dugout,” Báez said. “I didn’t realize that he went almost straight to the pitcher. He put me in between. I was going to slide, but I didn’t have time. I didn’t know what to do. I should have gone back, but I didn’t want to give up. It was a hard decision.”

Kelly gloved the ball and flipped it to Grandal without moving for an inning-ending double play.

“It’s a tough read,” Hinch said. “It’s an instinctual read. I think the emotion of the moment creates a little anxiety. … Tork has to run first. That’s the rest of that play that was kind of a mess the whole way. I hate flawed aggression where you can change the scoreboard and they make an unnatural play look very natural.”

In the top of the 10th, righty Alex Lange opened the door for the Tigers’ walk-off victory by striking out Harrison, Andrus and Yoan Moncada. He walked Luis Robert, the extra-inning free runner, on second base.

Lange, known for his swing and miss, hit Harrison with a curveball, Andrus with a fastball and Moncada with a changeup.

“Three before they get passed,” said Lange. “That’s always been my mindset.”

Manning masters

In the first inning, Manning reached 94.5 mph twice in his matchup with Abreu. Abreu got the second out off an inside fastball. He needed 19 pitches over three games and worked around one off Andrus.

Andrus, a former Oakland Athletics shortstop who entered Friday batting .350 in September, collected another single in the third inning, but after that, Manning silenced the White Sox for the rest of his start. He allowed just one more hit and finished with zero walks.

After 19 pitches in the first, Manning needed 12 in the second, 13 in the third, 11 in the fourth, 13 in the fifth, 11 in the sixth and eight in the seventh. The final pitch was his fastest: a 97.6 mph fastball that induced a base to end the seventh.

“Sometimes they cut, sometimes they ran,” Manning said of his fastball. “But I ordered the inside of the plate, and that’s what I think was the difference-maker.”

Matt Manning of the Detroit Tigers throws out the second inning pitch against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park in Detroit on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

Matt Manning of the Detroit Tigers throws out the second inning pitch against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park in Detroit on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

Manning’s fifth, despite facing the bottom of the lineup, was impressive. He struck out AJ Pollock with a 96.9 mph fastball and Grandal with a 96.3 mph fastball for the second and third outs, respectively.

In the sixth, Andrus reached safely on a Báez throwing error. (He had another throwing error in the ninth.) Andrus stole second and advanced to third when Moncada flew out to second. The situation brought Abreu to the plate with two outs and a runner on third.

Manning challenged Abreu with back-to-back fastballs in the strike zone. On the second pitch, clocked at 95.7 mph, Abreu flied out to center. Manning worked around a leadoff double from Eloy Jimenez in the seventh.

“That whole lineup is dangerous,” Manning said.

For his 87 pitches (59 strikes), Manning threw 56 four-seam bunts (64%), 26 sliders (30%), three changeups (3%), one curveball (1%) and one sinker (1%). He recorded nine swings and misses – seven fastballs and two sliders – as well as 13 called strikes. He averaged 93.5 mph, and the White Sox averaged 89.5 mph exit velocity on 20 balls in play.

“The inside of the zone early on was good,” Hinch said. “He just led the count. He did a really good job finishing at-bats. He got some really funny swings out of them. … He was just unflappable today. That’s the growth. “

Boar comes soon

Torkelson put the Tigers ahead 1-0 in the first inning, but his at-bat was one of three successful plate appearances with two outs. Before Torkelson’s key swing, Báez hit a two-strikeout slider and Haase worked a six-pitch walk.

With Báez on second base, Torkelson turned on Lucas Giolito’s fastball and sent the ball back up the middle and into center.

The Tigers failed to capitalize on Giolito’s struggles but chased him after 96 pitches with two outs in the fifth inning when Báez tripled to right-center field. Right-handed reliever Jimmy Lambert came in and struck out Haase.

A one-run lead grew to a two-run advantage in the sixth inning on Jonathan Schoop’s home run against Lambert’s hanging slider. Schoop has 10 homers this season and became the fourth player on the team to hit double figures.

Contact Evan Petzold at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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