The White Sox sent Carlos Rodon out on the mound for his first start of Spring Training. However, it wasn’t Rodon that was the story from today’s victory. It was the White Sox offensive explosion as they hit three two-run home runs and piled up 13 hits en route to a 10-6 victory over the Rockies.
Carlos Rodon came out looking prepared for his first start of Spring Training. He got the game started by striking out Noel Cuevas and proceeded to get two groundouts for a quick 1-2-3 inning. In the second inning, Rodon got roughed up a bit when he gave up a single and a walk with only one out. He had two strikes on the next batter, Pat Valaika, but was unable to put him away as Valaika sent one over the left-center field wall for a three-run home run to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
That was one of the very few mistakes Carlos Rodon made this afternoon and he bounced back by picking up another strikeout and getting a lineout to end the inning. In his last inning of work, Rodon gave up another single, but the runner was quickly eliminated by an inning-ending double play. Overall, Carlos Rodon looked good today for it being his first start of Spring Training. He kept the ball on the ground for the most part, and he was ahead or even in almost all of his counts.
Final line: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB 2 K.
The White Sox came out of the gates looking to provide plenty of support for their most likely Opening Day starter. Yoan Moncada, Nicky Delmonico, and Jose Abreu all singled in their first at-bat, but the White Sox were unable to bring any of them home. However, things would quickly change as the White Sox offense put up double digits on the scoreboard this afternoon.
After seeing themselves down 3-0 in the second inning, the White Sox would rally to bring themselves back in this one. Luis Gonzalez got the scoring started by bringing home a run on a groundout and Jon Jay added his first RBI of the day on an infield single. This rally sparked a fire within the offense as the White Sox would go on to have at least one batter reach base in almost every inning throughout the rest of the game.
Nearly everyone contributed from top to bottom of the lineup today. Two of those players include Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson, who are both off to a scorching hot start in Cactus League play. Moncada, who is looking to become a more aggressive hitter, showed that when he took the first pitch he saw this afternoon up the middle for a single. He would finish his day going 1-2 and reached base again on a walk. Anderson finished his day going 2-3 with a single, RBI double, and scored twice.
Seeing both of these guys get off to a great start in Spring Training is huge for their confidence moving into the regular season. If the White Sox want to start turning the corner in the rebuild and have a more competitive team, it starts with these two. These are two players who have been labeled as potentially big pieces of the White Sox future. If both of them can take the momentum they’ve generated from Spring Training and continue this high level of play during the regular season, then they will both solidify their role as major pieces of the White Sox core when it’s time to contend.
The White Sox would earn their first lead of the day in the third inning and once they took the lead, they never looked back. The highlight of the day came in the following inning when Jose Abreu and Jon Jay both blasted a two-run home run to help put this one out of reach. Jose Rondon would add a two-run home run of his own later in the game as the White Sox used three home runs to help boost themselves to victory.
It was an exciting win for the White Sox this afternoon. After things got off to a rough start, the team fought back and continued to pour on the runs in what was an all around fantastic day for the offense. The starters gave a ton of support to Carlos Rodon and helped him earn the victory after their backs were against the wall early.
The White Sox will head to Mesa, AZ to face the Cubs on Sunday, March 3. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 CT.
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