GLENDALE, AZ – The White Sox paid a visit to the the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon, and while most did not get to see the game, as it was not available on television or the White Sox webcast, it was quite the day for a pair of White Sox youngsters.
Carlos Rodon made his long anticipated Cactus League debut for the White Sox on Sunday against the Angels. Rodon was of course, being eased into spring action for the sake of keeping the 24-year-old southpaw fresh for the upcoming season, one in which the Sox hope that Rodon will see an increased workload and more consistency as he ascends to the top of the White Sox rotation, at some point in the near future.
The wait proved to be worth it on Sunday afternoon as Rodon turned in a dominant performance against the Angels on the road, tossing four scoreless innings, while striking out five and walking one, while allowing a single hit on the afternoon.
The White Sox offensively were fueled by a few, but most prominently by top-prospect Yoan Moncada, who has settled in nicely over the last two weeks, working through a slow start to the Cactus League schedule.
Moncada collected three hits in his five at-bats, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning, to go along with a pair of doubles, while driving in four runs on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, as the White Sox cruised by the Angels by a final score of 11-2.
Moncada is now hitting .317 on the spring, with three home runs, four doubles, a triple, and 13 RBIs in 17 games for the White Sox.
Cody Asche, who is making a strong case for a spot on the roster when the club breaks camp at the end of the month, collected two hits, including a double and an RBI on the afternoon. Matt Davidson, another candidate for a roster spot this season clubbed a solo home run for the White Sox in the eighth inning on Sunday, his second of the spring. Davidson also collected a triple on the afternoon, pushing his spring average to .244 entering play on Monday.
Zack Burdi was at it again as well on Sunday, making his eighth scoreless appearance in nine tries this spring, tossing an inning and two thirds of hit-less baseball, while striking out one. Matt Purke, another White Sox bullpen candidate also turned in a scoreless inning and a third of work on Sunday afternoon, striking out two Angels hitters.
The White Sox will return to Camelback Ranch this afternoon to take on the San Francisco Giants, in a game where pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez will get the ball for the Sox. Lopez is making his fifth start of the spring for the White Sox, and will look to rebound after a shaky start against the Kansas City Royals last Wednesday afternoon, where he allowed two runs in 4.2 innings of work.
Before that start, Lopez had allowed only one run in his previous 7.1 innings of work, while striking out seven and walking two in two appearances against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers.
First pitch is at 3:05 pm (CT), and you can catch the action on CSN-Chicago, with Steve Stone and Jason Benetti on the call.