Matthew Boyd exits with injury, Detroit Tigers shut down in doubleheader sweep
Chicago – What’s worse than losing both ends of a double header?
You may lose your # 1 starter in the process.
Matthew Boyd, only three batters in the second inning of the nightcap, called head coach Doug Teter up the hill after throwing a ball to Leury Garcia. After a brief chat, Boyd left the game. The Tigers, who were beaten 11-0 by the White Sox in Game 2, said he left with tendinitis in his left knee.
BOX SCORE: White Sox 11, Tigers 0
“He had a tendinitis sensation in his knee and back knee. When he pushed himself off, he could feel something abnormal,” said manager AJ Hinch. “It’s an immediate removal at this point because we don’t want him to compensate and take anything further.”
Hinch said Boyd will do more tests on his knee in New York on Friday and would know more about the severity of the injury by that time.
“We have no choice but to move forward,” said Hinch. “Today sucks. Two losses, we get on a plane late and come to New York early in the morning and have another challenge ahead of us.
“There wasn’t much good to take out today.”
The Tigers were slowed down in the first seven-inning game by Carlos Rodon, White Sox’s left. Rodon reached a career height of 12, defeating rookie Casey Mize 3-1.
After a weather delay of 66 minutes, it was right-handed Dylan Cease’s turn to shut down the Tigers. He threw a full game (seven innings) in Game 2. The Tigers managed three singles, none after the second innings.
Boyd, who warmed up both before and after the weather delay, survived a grueling first inning with 23 pitch, hitting two and getting Yermin Mercedes to fly onto the track in right field to strand two runners.
In the second inning, however, he went to Yasmani Grandal and gave Andrew Vaughn a ringing double. He tossed Garcia two spaces and that was it.
Michael Fulmer was called coldly from the bullpen – a difficult task for a career starter who is finally completely healthy after major knee and elbow operations. But the move made sense, especially when Hinch needs Fulmer to take Boyd’s place in the press.
“Just a crazy thing,” said Fulmer. “I hope Matty is all right and he’ll be back soon. But there’s not much you can do. You take your time to warm up. Take as many seats as you need.
“My body was good. Everything felt good. I just need to be better at execution.”
The White Sox scored four runs in that third inning. Fulmer allowed Garcia (on a ball that exited the racket at an exit speed of only 64 mph) and Nick Madrigal. With two outs, however, he went to Yoan Moncada and delivered a two-part single by Jose Abreu.
Fulmer needed 47 pitches to work two innings. But he hit three, including Tim Anderson twice, and his sinker sat at 96 mph and touched 98. Those are pre-op speed numbers for Fulmer.
“Everything felt good, really good,” said Fulmer. “The body adapts well to the role I’m in right now. I’m happy to be pitching, but at the end of the day it’s about results and this wasn’t my day.”
The White Sox blew the doors of the game with a fifth inning in seven runs. The first four games before Derek Holland, who allowed the four fighters he faced a walk and three hits – including a two-part single from Garcia.
Alex Lange was then marked for a triple home run by Moncada and a solo cannon shot by Mercedes. He hit a curveball in the second row of hedges in midfield. The ball left his racket at an exit speed of 110.8 miles per hour and moved 449 feet.
“It was tough,” said Fulmer. “The anger – I don’t want to say disappointment – is anger because we as pitching staff and as a team expect something better from us. We want to win every day and it doesn’t work for us at the moment.”
“It’s more a matter of frustration than disappointment. The boys are a little tired of it. But it’s still early in the season. There’s plenty of time to turn it around.”
In 14 innings of baseball on Thursday evening, the Tigers offensive produced a run with five hits, four of them singles, with 22 spikes.
Detroit, 2-12 in their last 14 games, has been 8-23 against the White Sox since early 2019.
The Tigers have left-handed Ian Krol and right-handed Kyle Funkhouser on the taxi team when they need a quick replacement for Boyd.