Chris Bassitt earns win in Arizona Fall League opener


Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Bassitt throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox prospect Chris Bassitt pitched in relief in the Arizona Fall League season opener and earned the win, as the Glendale Desert Dogs won by a 9-3 score over the Mesa Solar Sox, Tuesday.

Bassitt pitched 2.1 innings of relief, taking the spot of starter Zach Davies. In his 2.1 innings on the mound, Bassitt allowed no runs on two hits and walks. He struck out three.

For Bassitt, he pitched with the White Sox in the majors this past season. He finished with a 3.94 ERA in six appearances (five starts) with the White Sox from Aug. 30-Sept. 28.

With the White Sox, he had 21 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched in ’14. Bassitt was 1-1 in his month stint with the White Sox, with a WHIP of 1.58, as he held the opponent to a .286 batting average.

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Also from the White Sox, catcher Kevan Smith was 1-for-4 with his hit being a double. He also had an RBI and struck out once. Smith batted .280 with 21 doubles this season with the Birmingham Barons.

The Desert Dogs out-hit the Solar Sox, 14-4 in the Opening Day win. Glendale is scheduled to face the Solar Sox again on Wednesday, Oct. 8.