At Camelback Ranch the Southsiders made it interesting against the Dodgers. The layoff is over and today we got a look at the White Sox offense, fielding, and pitching. (SP)D. Roach got the nod to start us off right on the mound. He looked rusty but had some flashes. Forced a few too many pitches as he gave up 4 runs to the Dodgers bats. That was the mantra for the day when it came to pitching.
(P)C. Fulmer was put in a tough spot but was okay. Giving up two runs was not unseen. The Dodgers bats were hot all year last season. The Dodgers batters are locating pitches at an “Elite level“. Reflected in their ability to hit and score runs. White Sox pitchers J. Ruiz, Stephens, Burr, and Vieira all combined to only give up one Run. That is a defiant statistic but ultimately impressive.
(OF)J. Jay nabbed his first hit in a White Sox jersey and it was an RBI single. An important fact that hopefully becomes a trend. (SS)Ti. Anderson didn’t fail to keep the “Side alive” against the Dodgers. Pulling in a hit and making it count by scoring a run. (2B)Y. Sanchez came up big with one hit and a run.
We saw great production all day, and that’s how today should be remembered. (3B)D. Peterson came up big in the 5th-inning with a HR. Leaving the state sheet read two RBI’s and two hits. The fielding was great and the Dodgers had two forced errors, while the Sox finished with 0. Contributions from some role players had the White Sox in a position to win but fell short dropping the game to the Dodgers. Final Score: 7-6.
In the Hohokam Stadium the White Sox split team took on the Oakland Athletics. (SP)J. Guerrero led us off. Firing well striking out a few batters only giving up one run and a pair of hits. White Sox Pitchers; R. Delgado, Marshall, Turner, Thompson gave up a combined five runs against the pesky Oakland Athletics bats. Immediately two things struck me as being similar in both of today’s games. On one hand both White Sox team offenses were clicking on all cylinders. On the other hand the pitching needs to keep evolving.
To highlight a few players in this game I first begin with the rising star (3B)Y. Moncada. Who finished with one run, one RBI, and two hits. A. Engel was strong today knocking in an RBI. Giving me every indication that both these guys will be a huge part of the White Sox success going forward. Role players like Delmonico, Palka, and other from today’s game fared well. The Oakland A’s were just a smidgen better today. Final Score: 6-5.
Upcoming Games – Feb. 24, 2019: White Sox vs San Diego Padres [Must Watch].
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