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White Sox Notes: Fulmer Impresses, Sox Fall to Dodgers in Cactus League Opener

GLENDALE, AZ – The Chicago White Sox will continue their Cactus League Schedule this afternoon when they take on the Colorado Rockies at 2:05 pm (CT) at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.

The White Sox dropped their Cactus League opener on Saturday to the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 5-3. Carson Fulmer started Saturday’s ballgame and tossed two scoreless frames, while allowing just one hit, while striking out three Dodgers hitters.

White Sox pitcher Carson Fulmer felt good about his solid performance after the game, mentioning his experience in 2016 in the major-league’s as well as Triple-A, highlighting his ability to limit situations, particularly his two out walk in the second inning which resulted in nothing for the Dodgers. Fulmer also said that getting out of situations with runners on base is the key to a sustained professional career, and attributed his 2016 struggles for his more relaxed mindset in 2017.

The White Sox led the Dodgers when Fulmer exited the game on the strength of a sacrifice fly by Yolmer Sanchez in the top of the second, as well as a ground out by catcher Geovany Soto that scored White Sox infielder Matt Davidson. Chris Beck allowed three runs on three hits and two walks on the afternoon.

The White Sox would fail to gain a hit between the fourth inning and the eighth inning, and would fall to the Dodgers on the afternoon.

The best takeaway from the game may have been in the ninth inning when White Sox catcher Zack Collins delivered a base hit in his second at-bat on the afternoon. The rookie catcher who has been lauded for his plate vision, reinforced those scouting reports on Saturday. Collins took three straight pitches to begin the at-bat, and looked comfortable and calculated while doing so. Collins then took a strike on a pitch that he didn’t like, before getting the cookie that he’d been waiting on, and drove it into right field for a solid base hit.

Collins was thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to play in the White Sox first Cactus League game this season, saying this after the game,

“It was fun,” Collins said. “To be able to go out there on the first day was an honor to me. A little jittery, but very excited to play.

“I’m the new guy, it’s my first year and the first game played and I get to play. It’s definitely an honor.”

White Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada also played on Saturday, going 0-2 on the day with a ground out and a looking strike out. You also may have noticed that Brett Lawrie was absent from Saturday’s Cactus League opener, that was due to soreness in his leg that bothered him for the majority of the 2016 season, White Sox Manager Rick Renteria had this to say,

“We’re going to reevaluate him tomorrow and see where he’s at,” Renteria said of Lawrie. “He didn’t feel quite right, and so he was in there earlier [Saturday] getting treatment. We’ll make a determination where we’re at in terms of trying to set some parameters for how we move forward.”

The White Sox will take on the Colorado Rockies today at Camelback Ranch, and will send the staff ace Jose Quintana to the mound to oppose Rockies starter, Chris Rusin.

You can catch the action live on the White Sox webcast at at 2:05 pm (CT)

Stay with us here at The Loop Sports all spring as we will be providing frequent updates of the happenings around Camelback Ranch, Cactus League game recaps and analysis, and deep-dive analysis into the story-lines to watch for this spring!



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