The Tigers signed Jason Johnson to take over as the team's ace - giving them a a reliable starter at the top of the rotation.
Reliable wouldn't exactly be the right word to describe Johnson's season however, as his latest appearance on the mound was yet another disappointment.
Johnson made it 7 innings, but allowed 7 runs (all earned) on 9 hits, while striking out 6. Possibly the worst statistic of all, he allowed 4 Home Runs to White Sox hitters. Steve Colyer pitched a perfect inning of relief, but then John Ennis was roughed up in the 9th for 4 more runs.
On the other side, Freddy Garcia was masterful as he improved his record to 13-11 on the year. He pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball, striking out 8 Tigers.
The Tigers got a pair of runs in the 8th of reliever Damaso Marte, but it wasn't nearly enough. Brandon Inge had a nice day, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Carlos Pena went 1-for-3, driving in the team's other run via a sacrifice fly.
The White Sox had plenty of offense, especially from Carlos Lee. Lee blasted 2 Home Runs on his way to a 4-for-5 day, including 6 RBI. Ross Gload, Joe Borchard, and Juan Uribe each had a Home Run as well for Chicago.
There's no time for the Tigers to sulk however, as they now will fly down to Tampa for a doubleheader, completing their series from earlier this month that was postponed due to one of the many hurricanes that has hit the Florida coast this season. In the first game, Jeremy Bonderman will face Mark Hendrickson, while in the 2nd, Wilfredo Ledezma will get one final start, going up against Dewon Brazelton. Game times are 1:05pm and 5:05pm.