The White Sox and Diamondbacks were set to face-off in what looked like it was going to be an exciting game with Carlos Rodon and Zack Greinke both taking the mound this afternoon. The game lived up to the hype for the most part, until the D-Backs surged back, scoring seven unanswered runs to beat the White Sox 7-3.
It didn’t take long for the White Sox to triple their run total from yesterday as the team quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. James McCann and Jose Rondon got the rally started with a pair of singles and both were driven in on a two-run double by Charlie Tilson. One batter later, Tilson was driven in on a single by Danny Mendick which gave the White Sox their third and final run of the afternoon.
Mendick is with the Major League club for his first Spring Training and he continues to make the most of it. Today, he provided two of the few highlights for the White Sox. One being the aforementioned single and the other being when he flashed the leather at third base, making a diving stop to eliminate what would be a hit and turning it into an out. This spring, Danny Mendick is hitting .370 with two home runs and eight RBI’s. He’s been one of the most productive position players for the White Sox throughout the spring season so far.
As we get closer to the regular season, we are now seeing starting pitchers have longer outings and that’s what we got out of Carlos Rodon today. Rodon had a good day for the most part, but towards the end of his outing he struggled with throwing strikes and worked up a high pitch count. Rodon didn’t give up many hits, the only problem was that two of the five hits he gave up left the ballpark.
Aside from the two home runs (both by former White Sox players Alex Avila and Eduardo Escobar), Rodon didn’t give up too many hard hit balls either and his defense played well behind him. Once he started getting tagged for the home runs, it seemed like it threw him out of sync a bit as he would go on to have a hard time finding the strike zone for the remainder of his day. The White Sox sent him out there in the bottom of the sixth to hopefully have him get through one more full inning, but after issuing a walk to the second batter of the frame, they decided that was all for him today.
Final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. 90 pitches, 58 strikes.
It seemed like the White Sox were ready to light up the scoreboard this afternoon, but the bats would go quiet for the rest of the game as the team struggled to get anything going after the second inning. McCann and Rondon provided most of the White Sox offense today as the two combined for over half of the White Sox’ hits. After the D-Backs took their first lead of the day in the bottom of the sixth, the White Sox had no answer as they remained hit-less for the rest of the game.
The White Sox will head back to Camelback Ranch to host the San Fracisco Giants on Monday, March 18. First Pitch is scheduled for 3:05 CT with Manny Banuelos taking the mound.
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