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White Sox 1, Angels 1: Kopech, Colas impress in tie

by Duke Coughlin

Today’s Spring Training action was the first of the year for the White Sox to finish in a tie – a low-scoring 1-1 affair. Former top prospect and a key piece of the rotation Michael Kopech took the mound for the first time this spring. He impressed early with an exploding fastball, strong movement on his slider, and an aggressive approach through the top of the order. He was fantastic through three innings, showing strikeout potential and the ability to keep the ball on the ground, and tricked hitters into getting under his slider, resulting in multiple pop-ups. A great outing all around.

Oscar Colas continued to stake his claim for the starting right fielder position, showcasing his ‘light tower power’ on a solo home run in his first at-bat. Colas took a low pitch over the right-centerfield wall, putting the Sox on board early. The Sox held the lead up until the seventh inning when Kenyan Middleton gave up an RBI to Angels center fielder Jordyn Adams. From there, both Tanner Banks and Edgar Navarro locked it down, resulting in a tie game to finish the ninth.

Offensive Recap

  • Elvis Andrus: 0-for-2, BB
  • Oscar Colas: 1-for-3, HR, RBI
  • Zach Remillard: 1-for-2, 2B
  • Adam Haseley: 1-for-2
  • Seby Zavala: 0-for-1, BB
  • Leury Garcia: 1-for-2, H, BB, CS

Pitching Recap

  • Michael Kopech: 3.0 IP, 0 H, K
  • Jimmy Lambert: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, K
  • Nick Avila: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K
  • Gregory Santos: 1.0 IP, 1 H, K
  • Keynan Middleton: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K
  • Tanner Banks: 1.0 IP
  • Edgar Navarro: 1.0 IP, 1K

Next Matchup

After an off day on Monday, the White Sox meet the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, March 14th, at 3:05 PM CT at Camelback Ranch. With many of the star players on the White Sox currently playing in the World Baseball Classic, expect the lineup from today to look similar to the one we see on Tuesday. Dylan Cease is the scheduled starter, and he will look to bounce back from his last outing, in which he gave up 11 earned runs while recording just two outs.

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