Detroit Tigers blast Chicago White Sox’s top pitching prospect Michael Kopech in 10-2 win
By JOHN JACKSON
CHICAGO — Michael Kopech wasn’t sharp and the Tigers took full advantage of the Chicago White Sox’s prized pitching prospect.
Ronny Rodriguez had a two-run homer and Jeimer Candelario, Mikie Mahtook and JaCoby Jones each added a solo shot, powering Detroit to a 10-2 rout of the White Sox and Kopech on Wednesday night.
The game was delayed twice by rain for a total of an hour and one minute.
Nicholas Castellanos went 3 for 4 with a walk and an RBI and Victor Martinez had a two-run single as Detroit pounded out 16 hits and won for the eighth time in nine games at Guaranteed Rate Field.
“He got some pitches up and we didn’t miss ’em,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We hit some balls pretty hard off him. The kid, he’s a good pitcher. He’s got good stuff.”
Kopech had allowed just one run in 11 innings in his first three starts in the majors, including two home starts cut short by rain delays. He returned after a short delay on Wednesday and probably wished he hadn’t.
Kopech (1-1) was tagged for seven runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck six, walked one and surrendered all four Detroit homers as his ERA jumped from 0.82 to 5.02.
It was a far cry from his effort at Detroit on Aug. 26 when he allowed one run on seven hits in six innings for his first win.
“I didn’t pitch well; that was the gist of it,” Kopech said.
Jordan Zimmermann (7-6) allowed just two hits in five shutout innings and returned following both delays.
“It was a grind of a game for me,” Zimmermann said. “Two rain delays and we had that one really long inning where we scored all those runs. It’s tough. I’m happy to go five and we got the win.”