Apparently the Chicago White Sox offense was fed up after settling for two ties on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, the White Sox offense exploded versus the Texas Rangers to score a combined 22 runs on 26 hits; resulting in two victories. Aside from the offense, a pair of pitching prospects shined as well. After five spring games, the White Sox are off to a strong start. Yes, these are only spring training games, but it is nice to see some success given their spring history the last several years. Hopefully the Sox can continue to build momentum throughout the spring and start the regular season off in similar fashion.
Tuesday, February 26th
Final: Chicago White Sox 14 Texas Rangers 8
The White Sox offense started off with a bang by scoring 12 runs in the first five innings. By jumping out to a 12-0 lead, the White Sox were able to hold off the Rangers late surge to win the game. The Sox offense was led by newly acquired third baseman, Conor Gillaspie. Gillaspie went 2-for-3, with a triple and four RBIs. It was a nice afternoon for Gillaspie, and a good way to start his spring while playing for a roster spot. Also, starters Gordon Beckham and Alex Rios each added a hit, run, and RBI during their few innings of work. One of the position battles to watch this spring will be for back-up catcher, and both candidates helped their causes. Josh Phegley launched a solo home run in the 8th inning, and Hector Gimenez was able to reach base three times while getting two singles and recording a RBI. On the mound, starter Nestor Molina threw two scoreless innings while allowing one hit. Molina was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Sergio Santos trade prior to last season, and is still considered a promising prospect. Molina, 24, will open the season in the minors and might have a chance to make a spot start at some point this season.
Wednesday, February 27th
Final: Chicago White Sox 8 Texas Rangers 4
The White Sox were able to defeat the Rangers on consecutive days thanks to another strong offensive effort. Leading the way was veteran Paul Konerko, who got his spring going by crushing a 2-run homer in the 5th inning. Building on his performance from Tuesday was Conor Gillaspie. Gillaspie lined a 2-run shot to right field in the 6th, and now has six RBIs this spring. Gillaspie is making quite an impression with his new teammates since coming over from San Francisco last Friday, and certainly has furthered his chances of making the team the past two days. Leadoff man Alejandro De Aza also chipped in by getting on-base twice and recoding an RBI during his three at-bats. Josh Bell added two RBIs during the day, bringing his spring total to 4 RBIs. On the mound, starter Simon Castro threw three scoreless frames. Castro struck out three batters while giving up one hit and issuing a walk. Castro, 24, was acquired from the San Diego Padres following the 2011 season in the Carlos Quentin deal. Like Molina, Castro is still considered a solid prospect in the organization while coming off of a successful season in the minors. Castro will look to build on the progress he has made by opening another season pitching in the minors. The White Sox remain high on both Molina and Castro, so expect at least one of the two to make an appearance with the big club this summer.
Up Next: Thursday vs. Milwaukee Brewers at 2:05pm CT (Scott Snodgress vs. Wily Peralta)
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