GLENDALE, AZ – White Sox prospect Lucas Giolito made his third start of the spring this afternoon, and put the White Sox in position to earn a victory over the Diamondbacks, logging his longest outing of the spring on Thursday afternoon.
The 22-year-old right-hander tossed four strong innings on Thursday, allowing one run, on three hits while striking out one and walking one, and outside of the second inning when he struggled to locate his fastball and gave up a solo home run to Chris Owings, Giolito was very effective during his outing.
Giolito has now logged nine innings this spring, allowing only two runs, both coming on solo home runs (one by Addison Russell on 2/27, and the other by Chris Owings on 3/9). Giolito has also logged six strikeouts to just two walks during that span. Giolito improves to 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his three starts this spring with the White Sox 4-2 victory on Thursday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.
Corey Luebke and Zack Burdi also logged scoreless outings on the afternoon, Luebke is vying for a spot in the White Sox bullpen, and has now allowed just one run on five hits over the span of five and one third innings pitched this spring. Burdi, the White Sox 26th overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft has been perfect this spring. Burdi has now logged five and one third innings pitched this spring, allowing zero runs on two hits, while striking out seven opposing hitters.
Matt Davidson had himself quite the afternoon on Thursday as well, going 3-4 with a pair of singles, a home run, and three RBI for the White Sox. Davidson, who if healthy is in line for a spot on the Opening Day roster turned in his best effort of the spring this afternoon. Davidson entered the game hitting just .150 with no home runs or RBIs.
The White Sox will take on the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday afternoon, and another White Sox pitching prospect, Reynaldo Lopez will have his third turn in the rotation. Lopez has allowed six runs on seven hits in his first two starts of the spring, with his second start being much better than the first. Lopez allowed five of his six earned runs this spring in his first start of the spring, one that he hopes to have moved past for good this spring.
Other Sox Notes from Glendale
- White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino caught about 20 pitches in a bullpen session from Spencer Adams. White Sox Manager Rick Renteria said that he could do it “in a tight spot” during the regular season.
- Starting Pitcher Jose Quintana has joined team Columbia for the World Baseball Classic, and will be the starting pitcher for Columbia when they take on the United States team in pool play.
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!