The White Sox rallied back and tied the Los Angeles Angels 6-6 on Monday afternoon. The Sox scored two runs in the sixth and seventh inning to come back after another rough Reynaldo Lopez start.
Lopez was on the mound for his second start where the Spring Training struggles continued to occur. After a one-two-three first inning, Lopez let up his first home run of the young season to Jarrett Parker where he drove in newly acquired catcher, Jonathon Lucroy.
Reynaldo’s third and fourth runs allowed were let up after he let two men on base. Kaleb Cowart would then go on to hit a grand slam in the top of the fourth to put the Angels up 6-2. Although Lopez struggled, his four strikeouts showed that his stuff was effective. Lopez has never had a problem striking batters out as he finished second on the team last season with 151. James Shields was first with only three more strike outs.
Final Line: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
After the dreaded long fourth inning, the bullpen came in and dominated. From the fifth inning on they allowed no runs and no walks on only three hits. White Sox fans received a little preview of the deadly bullpen in the fifth and sixth innings with Alex Colome and Nate Jones. Both veteran relievers worked one-two-three innings to help ignite some fire late in the game. With guys like Jones and Colome in the bullpen, the Sox will have one of the filthiest units in the division.
As for the offense, James McCann continues to stay hot as he got things started in the bottom of the second with a single. The White Sox would proceed to get on the board after a double and ground out by Charlie Tilson.
It wasn’t until the sixth inning when the White Sox came storming back. Ricky’s boys didn’t quit. Danny Mendick started things off with a two run double making it 6-4. The Sox would go on to score the final two runs in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of a Laz Rivera home run, and an error from the Angels which allowed Matt Skole to score and tie up the game.
It is a good thing there isn’t extra innings in Spring Training baseball.
Good news for the Sox, prospect Micker Adolfo received his first start of the spring season today where the DH would go 0-3 with two punch-outs of his own. Micker suffered Tommy John surgery last July. Sox fans shouldn’t expect to see him in the outfield until the season starts. He will maintain DH responsibilities for the rest of the pre-season.
The White Sox play again tomorrow with some split squad action against the San Diego Padres and the Cleveland Indians. Lucas Giolito is on the mound against the Padres and Dylan Cease will face the Indians for his first Spring Training start. First pitch is at 2:05 CT for both games.
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