White Sox: Top the Brewers in afternoon spring training game
The Chicago White Sox faced the new-and-improved Milwaukee Brewers in an afternoon game on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.
The White Sox defeated the Brew Crew by a score of 6-4 behind solid pitching and timely hitting.
White Sox offense came from the likely Opening Day position players. And, all of the pitchers who took the mound today held the Brewers to one hit or less.
Leading the offense
The top offense came from the Leury Garcia and Avisail Garcia. Leury went one-for-four and scored two runs. Avisail went two-for-four and scored one run. Tyler Saladino hit his first home run of the exhibition season. And, Welington Castillo did what he does getting on base and earning two RBIs. Jose Abreu did not get a hit, but he walked and crossed home plate, too.
Solid pitching from start to close
The White Sox pitched well from start to finish. Even though the Sox allowed four runs, those four runs were credited to four different pitchers. Reynaldo Lopez pitched three innings giving up one hit and three walks. He also struck out three batters and ended the game with a 1.80 ERA. Brian Clark was credited with the save, his first of Spring Training. The Brewers ended the game with five hits and four earned runs. Those runs were given to Juan Minaya, Bruce Rondon, TJ House, and Dane Dunning.
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Dunning and House struggled a bit to get outs. Minaya and Rondon both gave up home runs to Travis Shaw. Despite the few struggles, the Sox were able to hold the tough team that brought the A-squad to the field. Their toughest hitters, Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Hernan Perez, and Eric Thames were hitless.
Where the Sox stand
With this win, the White Sox are now 6-5 in Spring Training. This win puts them in the sixth spot in the Cactus League above the Los Angeles Angels and behind the San Diego Padres. Interestingly, the Sox have scored 78 runs and given up 77 runs. No other team in the Cactus League has a run differential that tight. But, in the Grapefruit League, it is another story. The Tampa Bay Rays have scored 51 runs to the 50 they have given up and the Detroit Tigers have an even differential of 68-68.
Next: Yoan Moncada proves he can handle the lead-off spot
On Wednesday, the Sox face the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch. The Sox will bring Miguel Gonzalez to the mound to face the Reds Homer Bailey. Catch the game at 2:05 CT.