White Sox: Lucas Giolito, Eloy Jimenez Shine Against Cubs
White Sox pitcher has a solid outing in Spring Training action against the Cubs, while top outfield prospect returns against his former organization.
Chicago White Sox right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito continued his strong start to spring training with a solid outing on Saturday. Pitching against the Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., Giolito only allowed one earned run through four innings pitched.
Giolito recorded a game-high eight strikeouts against the Cubs as he pitched in his longest outing of spring training thus far. The 23-year-old pitcher only allowed a home run to Victor Caratini in the third inning on a hanging curveball. This was Giolito’s only mistake of the game, and he was able to get out of some jams on Saturday.
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After Caratini’s home run, the Cubs were able to get two runners in scoring position and were poised to extend their 1-0 lead. Ryan Court was able to get on base with a one-out single, and would later steal second base. After a walk to Kris Bryant, the Cubs caught Giolito paying little attention to both runners and Bryant and Court were able to steal second and third base. However, Ben Zobrist grounded out to end the third inning and the Cubs scoring threat.
The Sox were able to tie the game in the fourth inning when Yolmer Sanchez hit an RBI single to score Jose Abreu. In the fifth inning, Avisail Garcia hit an RBI single to score Adam Engel. This came after a double by Engel. The Sox 2-1 lead didn’t last long as the Cubs tied the game in the sixth inning with an RBI single by Tommy La Stella with two outs. This scored Kyle Schwarber.
Juan Minaya came into the game in the seventh inning but threw a wild pitch with two outs which led to the Cubs regaining the lead at 3-2. Despite the Cubs going back on top, the Sox weren’t done with scoring. Eloy Jimenez, who has missed time with tendinitis in his left knee, took his only at-bat of the game in the eighth inning. With the Sox trailing 3-2 and Matt Skole on base, Jimenez hit a 0-2 pitch deep to center field for his first home of the spring.
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The Sox would go back on top 4-3 after Jimenez’s home run, but couldn’t hold onto to get the victory. Cael Brockmeyer hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning, and the game would eventually end in a 4-4 tie. The Sox will face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday with Reynaldo Lopez starting for the team.