White Sox: Tim Anderson Lone Bright Spot in Spring Training Opener

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Tim Anderson
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Tim Anderson /

White Sox lose Spring Training opener to Los Angeles as pitchers have a rough day in Glendale. The team’s shortstop, however, was the lone bright spot.

The Chicago White Sox finally saw game action as they began Spring Training play against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday in Glendale, Ariz. Both the Dodgers and Sox share Camelback Ranch where Friday’s game was held, and Los Angeles was able to come away with a 13-5 victory.

Tim Anderson was the lone bright spot for the Sox on Friday as he hit his first home run of Cactus League play. After the Sox were trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Anderson hit a three-run home run off C.C. Lee. This would be the only time the Sox would lead at 3-1 as the Dodgers scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning.

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Los Angeles hit a total of four home runs on Friday, with all of them coming before the sixth inning. Dylan Covey started for the Sox and gave up a solo home run to Justin Turner in the first inning. Covey pitched two innings while allowing just one earned run. Tyler Danish, who was originally slated to start Friday’s game, lasted just one inning and gave up two home runs. Enrique Hernandez and Matt Kemp each hit home runs off Danish in the third inning.

Brian Clark would give up a home run to Logan Forsythe in the fifth inning. The Dodgers had a total of 14 hits on Friday, while the Sox only had six hits. The only Sox pitchers to not allow any runs during their time on the mound against the Dodgers was Connor Walsh and Jace Fry. Walsh pitched a scoreless inning while allowing just one hit and recording one strikeout. Fry finished the game for the Sox with 1.1 scoreless innings pitched, no hits and one strikeout.

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On offense, the Sox didn’t have much success outside of Anderson. Eloy Jimenez saw game action but struck out swinging in his lone at-bat on Friday. The Sox will face the Seatle Mariners on Saturday in Peoria, Ariz. Hector Santiago, who returned to the organization on a minor league contract this offseason, will get the start for the Sox on Saturday.