The Chicago White Sox finally saw Dallas Keuchel wear black and white on the mound in a Spring Training game and it went almost how you’d imagine it going.
Dallas Keuchel finally made his Spring Training debut with the Chicago White Sox. It went about how you would expect for a pitcher like him. He did have a blemish in the first inning of his first game. He allowed a double to the leadoff hitter who ended up on third, and then was singled in to give the San Diego Padres a 1-0 lead. From that point on, he settled in.
He was a ground ball machine from that point forward. He was only expected to go for three innings in this start but ended up making it four. He gave up the one run on six hits and a majority of them came in the first inning alone. Once he settled down, he showed why he could end up being a good get for the White Sox this year.
He commented after the game about being “ahead of schedule“. That is good news for White Sox fans as they need Keuchel to have a good year this year. He is going to be a major part of this year’s rotation and hopefully beyond. It was only Spring Training against a San Diego Padres lineup loaded with players playing for jobs. None of their big boys were really in the lineup, but it was still good to see Keuchel pitch well in his first bit of action.
The White Sox almost had another rally as they got a run back in the 9th inning. They also had the bases loaded with no outs after that but couldn’t cash in. By that point in the game, the big boys that started were already taken out of the game. All around, however, it was a fun game to watch despite the loss. Wins and losses mean nothing in Spring Training and this game epitomizes that. The good storyline was the performance of Dallas Keuchel.