Solid pitching and some timely blasts were the story of Friday afternoon’s crosstown clash, as the White Sox got back into the win column by defeating the Cubs 4-3. Lucas Giolito struck out six in three innings in his second start of the spring and seemed to have good control of all four pitches. Reynaldo Lopez, Bryan Shaw, and Nate Fisher were among the White Sox relievers that put up scoreless outings behind Giolito.
On the offensive side, the deciding blow came off the bat of Bryan Ramos, the White Sox #3 prospect, who smashed his first homer of the spring in the fifth inning. Seby Zavala added on with a homer of his own in the eighth, and Yasmani Grandal drove in the fourth run with his second double of the ballgame. A couple of ninth inning runs by the Cubs weren’t enough to get the job done, and the White Sox held on.
With the win, the White Sox improve to 7-5 in Cactus League play.
W: Bryan Shaw (2-0) | L: Ryan Borucki (0-1) | S: Declan Cronin (1)
- Andrew Vaughn: 2-for-3, 2B
- Yasmani Grandal: 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI
- Oscar Colas: 1-for-3
- Bryan Ramos: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
- Seby Zavala: 1-for-3, HR, RBI
- Lucas Giolito: 3 IP, 1R (0 ER), 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
- Bryan Shaw: 1 IP, BB
- Reynaldo Lopez: 1 IP, K
- Nate Fisher: 2 IP, 2 K
- Edgar Navarro: 1 IP, 1 K
- Declan Cronin: 1 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, K
Cactus League play continues for the White Sox on Saturday, as they head to Peoria to take on the Padres. Offseason acquisition Mike Clevinger will get his first Cactus League start of the spring against his former team. Left-hander Blake Snell will tow the rubber for the Friars.
The game begins at 2:10 pm CT and will be available to stream on Padres.com and on the Padres’ radio network. If you have MLB TV, you will be able to stream the game.
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