Chicago White Sox take both games over both Chicago Cubs
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! No matter if it is spring training, the regular season, or the World Series, beating the Chicago Cubs is awesome for the Chicago White Sox. The only thing that’s better is beating them twice in the same day.
That happened on Thursday as the two teams opened with a split-squad day. The White Sox won both at Sloan Park and Camelback Ranch in Arizona. It was a great day all around as they are off to a good start in the exhibition season.
No, those games don’t count so the final scores don’t actually matter (outside of beating the Cubs being amazing). However, the way they reached those wins is what is important. Some really important players did well en route to two victories.
To begin, the pitching was awesome. Each staff gave up three runs or less which is awesome. It was mostly against Minor League hitters for the Cubs so don’t take too much stock in it but most of these pitchers are in the minors as well. Outside of Liam Hendriks who went one inning, it was an audition for all of them.
The Chicago White Sox saw some good young players have big days on Thursday.
In the game at Camelback Ranch, Andrew Vaughn hit one a long way to give the White Sox an early 1-0 lead in his first at-bat of the game in the first inning. We know how important he is to the future of this team because of his bat and it looks like he is already feeling good.
Another great thing from that game was the play of Yoelqui Cespedes. He is one of few players on either team that played the entire game. In the game, he had two hits and one of them was a no-doubt home run. It certainly wasn’t a bad debut for him at all.
Speaking of top White Sox prospects, Oscar Colas already made an impact as well. He collected an RBI which gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead in that game at Sloan Park. Micker Adolfo also blasted a home run in that game which helped the White Sox to a 4-2 win.
The spring games are only going to get better as the weeks leading up to the regular season go on. We should start to see more stars come into the mix which will start to give us a better idea of how things are going for these guys following the lockout.
There are no White Sox games on Friday but they will face off against the Cleveland Guardians at Camelback Ranch on Saturday at 3:05. It will be interesting to see who they come out with for that one after a really fun showing from some young guns in this split squad.