For the Chicago White Sox spring opener, I wrote what I would like to do for the upcoming regular season. Instead of writing a traditional game summary that can be read at any website or newspaper, I would like to highlight key performers in both hitting and pitching while discussing what it can mean for the long haul. For the remaining of spring training, I may choose to do that from time to time, but for the most part I will write updates every few days. Since most spring games are not televised, I will not be able to provide the insight that I would normally like to while recapping every game. With that being said, here’s what happened in Arizona the past two days.
Sunday, February 24th
Final: Chicago White Sox 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 2
Yes, in spring training there are ties. There really wasn’t a whole lot to talk about with this game. Most of the White Sox regulars didn’t even play, and those that did only played a few innings. The White Sox only managed seven hits, highlighted by an Alex Rios triple and Adam Dunn 2-run home run. On the mound, seven Sox pitchers combined to give up two runs on eight hits. While the pitchers performed well, it is unlikely that any of them have a real shot at making the team. For the most part, this game was designed to allow some of the younger pitchers and prospects a chance to compete in a spring game.
Monday, February 25th
Final: Chicago White Sox 9 San Francisco Giants 9
Monday’s game resulted in a tie as well. The White Sox rallied from down 9-0 to score 9 runs, highlighted by a 7-run 8th inning. Seven Sox regulars were in the lineup, but unfortunately most of the offensive damage was done after they exited the game. Paul Konerko led the way by recording two hits before the starters left the game. The White Sox offensive outburst was highlight be three minor league invitees. First baseman/designated hitter Seth Loman blasted his 2nd home run of the spring while recording three RBIs. Former top third baseman prospect Josh Bell added a two-run double, and outfield prospect Jared Mitchell pitched in with a two-run triple. On the mound, starter Hector Santiago struggled during his two innings of work. The lefty, who is competing for the fifth starter spot, gave up five hits and three runs while striking out one batter. Possibly the best news of this game was that four White Sox relievers each pitched a scoreless inning. Matt Lindstrom, Jesse Crain, Addison Reed, and Nate Jones gave the White Sox a taste of what they hope to do in the bullpen during the regular season. Both Dayan Viciedo and Leyson Septimo left the game due to minor injuries. As of right now, neither is expected to miss much time.
Up Next: Tuesday vs. Texas Rangers at 2:05pm CT (Nestor Molina vs. Yu Darvish)
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