DETROIT — Tim Anderson admits he was concerned when the White Sox lost Eloy Jimenez in spring training and Luis Robert six weeks ago to major injuries.
Just a little bit, and why not? He knows how valuable they are and the impact of their star power on a team aiming for the World Series.
“Of course,” Anderson said. “When you see what those two huge bats do in our lineup, and they’re missing?”
But the Sox seemingly haven’t missed a beat without them. They’re still stringing wins together, the latest a 5-4 victory in 10 innings against Detroit on Friday at rain-soaked Comerica Park that hiked their record to 39-24 in the first of three games against the Tigers.
Lucas Giolito pitched six innings of two-run ball, striking out nine, and Garrett Crochet ran his scoreless-appearance streak to 15 with two crisp innings. But closer Liam Hendriks — following a 49-minute rain delay that came after he made one pitch in a downpour — gave up a tying two-run homer to Daz Cameron, ending his 14-game scoreless streak.
Yoan Moncada’s short sacrifice fly against Jose Cisnero scored free runner Danny Mendick with the go-ahead run in the 10th, and left-hander Aaron Bummer struck out two and got a game-ending groundout with two on in the bottom of the inning for his second save.
“You look at our depth,” Anderson said. “I’ve been around these guys; I know what guys…