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Analysis Spring Training 2019 White Sox

White Sox Bats go Quiet in 7-6 Loss to the Athletics

The White Sox found themselves down early again this afternoon. The team tried to fight back, but it was a little too late in a 7-6 loss to the Athletics.

The Chicago White Sox were looking to end their weekend of great baseball with one more win this afternoon. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned as the Athletics beat the White Sox in a 7-6 ballgame. Once again the Sox found themselves trailing early, but this time they were unable to complete the comeback and fell just one-run short.

Lucas Giolito took the mound today and was pumping gas throughout the first inning. His fastball was sitting around 95-97 mph with him touching 97 on multiple occasions. Giolito would quickly get two outs in the inning and looked like he was going to be on top of his game today. However, Franklin Barreto hit a grounder that Tim Anderson made a beautiful play on and Barreto was ruled safe on what was a very close call to extend the inning. One batter later, Giolito served up a two-run blast to center field and the Athletics quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

In the following inning, Giolito would once again give up a home run, but this time it was only a solo shot. Things got off to a shaky start for Lucas Giolito as he gave up three runs in an inning and a third, but after the solo shot he began to settle down and lasted for four and two-thirds innings on the afternoon. There were times where he struggled to throw strikes, but he fought through it and ended up putting together a decent performance this afternoon.

Mechanically, Lucas Giolito looks like he’s made some adjustments and that’s something he’s going to continue to work on this year. While he hasn’t got off to the best start this spring, it’s encouraging to see him make some adjustments as he tries to make his case for why deserves a shot to be in the rotation for the long-term. And there’s no better time for him to fine tune things than during his spring stint in Arizona.

Final line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.

Dylan Cease saw a little bit of action out of the bullpen this afternoon. His command isn’t completely there yet and you can tell he is still shaking some of the rust off, but he brought the heat today. His fastball sat around 97-99 mph consistently and he even touched 100 mph on a few pitches. The White Sox are going to be very cautious with Cease during Spring Training as they get him ready to be with the Major League club this season. Today, he had his longest outing of the spring where he tossed 1.2 innings, giving up one-run on two hits and he had two strikeouts.

Offensively, the White Sox struggled today as the team was only able to string together five hits. However, they made those hits count as they were able to put up six runs on the scoreboard. For the most part, it was the Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada show in Glendale today. Abreu had a monster of a day, going 3-4 with two doubles and four RBI’s. One of those doubles came with two outs and the bases loaded when Abreu drove everyone in to make it one-run game.

Moncada went 1-2 at the plate with a solo shot and a walk. He also saw quite a bit of action at third-base and was excellent there. He flashed the leather with a fantastic play where he scooped up a grounder that was on his glove side and heading for the hole. This turned what would’ve been a single into an inning-ending double play. So far, Yoan Moncada is handling the task of changing positions very well and he looks like his glove will play there without any trouble.

On Deck

The White Sox will head to Maryvale, AZ to face the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, March 11. Ivan Nova will be on the mound with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 CT.

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Feature Photo Credit: Sean Williams/The Loop Sports

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