Tigers Defeat White Sox on Opening Day Walkoff

DETROIT — The Tigers defeated the White Sox in their season opener on Friday, 5-4, with Javier Baez hitting the walkoff single in a unique scenario.

Following a two-out triple by newly-acquired Austin Meadows, Baez came up and smacked a deep ball to right field. It was originally ruled an out, but after review, the umpires ruled that the ball hit off the wall before being caught for a walkoff RBI single.

“It’s about competing, you know,” Baez said. “And coming back the next day and try it again. And honestly to have fun. That’s the key.”

The game-winning hit came three batters after Eric Haase hit a game-tying home run in the ninth. It was a huge response after the White Sox took the lead in the top half on a solo home run by Andrew Vaughn off Gregory Soto, who ended up with the win after the Tigers’ comeback.

The Tigers trailed 3-1 in the eighth inning when Miguel Cabrera came up with a clutch single to right-center field to drive in two runs and tie the game up.

Spencer Torkelson made his MLB debut and went 0-for-4.

“We couldn’t ask for more, you know?” Meadows said. “To be a part of a sellout crowd and see what Detroit Tiger baseball is all about.”

The Tigers will look to pick up another win on Saturday at home against the White Sox, with first pitch at 1:10 p.m.