The Chicago White Sox wrapped up Cactus League play this afternoon with a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Just one day after an exciting win over the Dodgers, the White Sox put an exclamation mark on their weekend by capping it off with another win.
Zach Thompson was used as an opener in this one and he held the Indians scoreless through his one inning of work. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the game, but bounced back by striking out Jose Ramirez and generating an inning-ending double play to escape the jam without allowing a run.
Speaking of Ramirez, he fouled a ball off the inner part of his left leg and was in a lot of pain as he laid on the ground for a few minutes without moving much. Ramirez would eventually be carted off the field, unable to put any pressure on his leg. The initial diagnosis says he suffered a left knee contusion, but the Indians are not sure how long he will need to recover. It was a scary moment in the game and luckily for Cleveland, the diagnosis could’ve been a lot worse.
Left-hander Sean Nolin got the bulk of the work on the mound for the White Sox today and he had a very effective outing. He gave up one hit in each inning he pitched, but he kept the damage minimal and kept the Indians from generating any runs off the hits. Though he only lasted three innings this afternoon, he picked up the win as the White Sox used quite a few pitchers to get through the game.
Final line: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Eloy Jimenez put together another impressive day at the plate, going 1-3 with an RBI single on a line drive up the middle. Eloy has been retired only two times since his extension became official and he seems to be getting himself back into rhythm as Opening Day gets closer and closer.
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Both Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada had a single this afternoon, finishing off what was a very impressive Spring Training at the plate for the two infielders. If the two of them can continue to take strides offensively, the White Sox could be a very exciting team to watch this year. Time will tell if their Spring Training performances will carry over, but if they do, pairing them with Eloy will equate to a lot of runs for the White Sox.
The White Sox got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when Zack Collins scored easily on a wild pitch. On this same play, Yoan Moncada went from first to third when he noticed Roberto Perez was slowly retrieving the ball. Moncada would come around to score on Eloy’s RBI single. The White Sox would add one more run in this inning, giving themselves a 3-0 lead which would be more than enough to seal the victory this afternoon.
Adam Engel was subbed into the game in the sixth inning and his bat provided some extra insurance runs for the White Sox. Engel went 1-2 at the plate this afternoon and collected a total of two RBI’s. One was on a solo home run, making it a 4-0 game, and the other was on a groundout to give the White Sox their seventh and final run of the day.
The White Sox finish up Cactus League play with an overall record of 10-17. The record doesn’t mean much, however, the White Sox had a lot of their key players and prospects put together some impressive performances throughout Spring Training, so White Sox fans should be pleased with the final results.
The White Sox will stay in Arizona tentatively for two exhibition games on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 before they head to Kansas City to begin the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 PM CT on Monday and 2:40 PM CT on Tuesday.
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