White Sox Spring Update: March 23-25
The Chicago White Sox have dropped three games in a row. The offense was dormant for the most part, and the pitching staff really struggled. There weren’t a whole lot of bright spots, but hey, Opening Day is a week from today!
Saturday, March 23rd
Final: Los Angeles Dodgers 10 Chicago White Sox 4
The White Sox managed to score four runs despite only recording three hits on the night. Tyler Flowers was the only Sox regular to have a hit with a double, his fifth of the spring. I told you there weren’t many bright spots.
Jake Peavy took the mound for the first time in three weeks since he last faced the San Diego Padres on March 3rd. I mentioned in my last update that it would be interesting to see if Peavy had any rust to shake off. Well, Peavy started off strong with three scoreless innings, but ran into a little trouble in the fourth and fifth innings. Peavy ended the night pitching five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. The good news was that Peavy only gave up two extra-base hits, walked one, and struck out five batters. In all, this was a positive start for Peavy considering he hadn’t faced major league hitters in a game for three weeks. Also, Nate Jones and Brian Omogrosso continued their impressive springs by each pitching a scoreless inning. Both relievers have not allowed an earned run to cross the plate all spring.
Sunday, March 24th
Final: Kansas City Royals 8 Chicago White Sox 2
The offense wasn’t any better on Sunday. The White Sox scored two runs and had just six hits on the evening. With the exception of Alex Rios and Tyler Flowers, every Sox’ regular was in the lineup. Despite that, no player had a multi-hit effort, and the only extra-base hit was an Alejandro De Aza solo home run. Jeff Keppinger was responsible for plating the other run on an infield single. That was about it. Seeing a pattern yet?
Prospect Erik Johnson started the game and actually pitched well. Johnson, the Sox’ 8th best prospect according to MLB.com, pitched four strong innings. He gave up one unearned run, on two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Johnson took advantage of a chance to face some major league hitters, and could make an impact with the White Sox as early as the 2014 season.
Monday, March 25th
Final: Los Angeles Angels 11 Chicago White Sox 5
The White Sox offense was a little better on Monday, but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Sox were able to score five times on nine hits, but once again no player had more than one hit on the afternoon. Of note, Alejandro De Aza had a triple and Alexei Ramirez recorded a pair of RBIs. Alex Rios was the only Sox’ regular absent from the lineup, as he was sent for an MRI on his back. Rios has missed the last three games due to back stiffness.
Gavin Floyd was on the bump and struggled after two strong outings in a row. Floyd surrendered seven runs on 13 hits and a walk in seven-plus innings of work. Floyd was hit hard early, giving up a pair of home runs and allowing six runs after three innings. The right-hander settled down and was able to finish strong by pitch four scoreless innings before exiting after allowing a lead-off double in the 8th inning.
Up Next: Tuesday vs. Texas Rangers at 3:05pm CT (Chris Sale vs. Matt Harrison). This will be Sale’s final tune-up before taking the mound on Opening Day. Sale is only scheduled to pitch two or three innings as he gets ready for the regular season.
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