SCOTTSDALE, Ariz – The White Sox were able to walk away victorious on Thursday night against the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks thanks to a strong outing by starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez. This would be Gonzalez’ last Spring Training start before the regular season and he made the most out of it.
Miguel Gonzalez had some struggles early in Spring Training, but he turned it around in his previous start and tonight was no different. After surrendering a hit in the first inning, he would cruise through the rest of his night. The highlight of his night occurred in the bottom of the sixth-inning when he struck out Paul Goldschmidt with no outs and a runner on second-base.
This was the second time on the evening where he got Goldschmidt out with a runner in scoring position. It was another encouraging start by Miguel Gonzalez with Opening Day right around the corner. Aside from the one run he gave up, the Diamondbacks struggled to score when they had runners on base due to ground-outs and strikeouts. Final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
Despite only scoring three runs, the White Sox had another successful day offensively. Nearly every player in the starting lineup had a hit tonight and the team finished with nine hits in the ballgame. Majority of the runs came from a rally in the top of the third-inning. Tim Anderson got things started with a leadoff double and was scored on an RBI double by Matt Skole. Avisail Garcia would later score Skole on a double of his own, giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead.
Yoan Moncada struggled in his first couple of plate appearances. He struck out looking to start the game and hit a weak grounder to first-base in his second plate appearance. However, he would make it a 3-0 game in the top of the fifth-inning with a moonshot to right field.
Going… going… YOAN! pic.twitter.com/ieG34l04eD
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 23, 2018
This would be the final run the White Sox would bring home in the game, but it was more than enough with an all-around solid pitching performance by the staff tonight. After Gonzalez exited, Xavier Cedeno, Gregory Infante, Joakim Soria, and Robbie Ross all kept the Diamondbacks bats quiet as they only gave up one hit each. Cedeno inherited runners on first and second-base when he entered the game in the bottom of the sixth and only allowed one run to score, which was charged to Miguel Gonzalez.
The White Sox struggled early in the game and had a hard time putting the ball in play for the first two innings, but they were able to stay composed and get the victory. The bats didn’t warm up until the second time around the lineup and one rally was all it took to get the job done.
Player of the Game: Tim Anderson (3-4, 3B, 2B, 1B, R)
Next Game: Friday, March 23 vs Mariners. 3:05 CT with James Shields on the mound