CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers in their home opener on Friday:
HOW IT HAPPENED: Max Scherzer and Jake Peavy matched up in a pitcher’s duel that included 16 strikeouts through the first five innings. Peavy, looking for his first win of the season, gave up just one hit through six innings (a Brennan Bosch single in the fourth). Peavy left with one out in the seventh inning and the Sox leading 3-2. The Sox scored first when Dayan Viciedo hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his first of the season. The Sox got two runs in the sixth on an RBI single from Paul Konerko and an RBI triple by A.J. Pierzynski. They added two more runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Brent Morel and a wild pitch that scored Morel.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Sox, who are 62-51 in home openers, won their third straight in the Central Division and improved to 4-2 on the season. Robin Ventura won his first home game as a manager.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: The game was delayed five minutes when the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera complained in the first inning that the batter’s box was not centered properly. The grounds crew was summoned to re-do the entire chalk lines around the box before play resumed.