CHISportsNation

February 29th, 2018

Every thursday we here at ChiSportsNation and WhiteSoxNation are going to update you on whats going on, on the South Side of town. Week 1 of Spring Training is officially in the books. After yesterday afternoons comeback victory over the Texas Rangers, the White Sox currently sit at (4-2) in Cactus League play. With a majority of Spring Training games not being televised it can be hard to keep up with all the action, so let’s take a look back at how this past week went for the ChiSox.

GAME 1: L 13-5 Vs. Dodgers

The Sox didnt get off to an ideal start dropping the Opener 13-5 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dylan covey recorded his first loss of the Spring giving up 1 ER in 2.0 Innings pitched. Tim Anderson recorded his first Home Run of the Spring a 3 run BOMB to Left Field to pace the Sox offense, along with a 2 run Double from Kevan Smith. Tyler Danish, Michael Ynoa, & Thyago Vieira all got roughed up in their first action going a combined (2.0 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K), yes.. you read that right. Top prospect Eloy Jimenez recorded a strike out in his only plate appearance so far this spring, he is currently day to day because of a sore hamstring according to Manager Rick Renteria.

GAME 2: W 5-3 @ Mariners

Game 2 was much better than Game 1 in terms of pitching, Hector Santiago looked rusty in his return to the Sox rotation, (2.0 IP, 5 H, 1 K, 0 BB). However he did not allow a run. Dane Dunning saw his first action of the Spring (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 BB) along with newly acquired Jeanmar Gomez, who looked very sharp in his Sox debut pitching one Inning and striking out every batter he faced. On the offensive side a total of 18 players took an At Bat for the White Sox. Luis Alexander Basabe recorded his first hit and RBI of the spring on a double, he also hosed former Sox player Gordan Beckham (ya he’s still around) trying to stretch a single into a double on a very nice throw from Right Field. Jake Burger showed off some new found speed recording a standup triple(more on him later). And Wellington Castillo the newly aqcuired catcher recorded his First RBI in a White Sox uniform.**side note** Dee Gordon played Centerfield in this game for the Mariners.

GAME 3: W 8-5 Vs. Reds

Jordan Guerrero got roughed up in his first nod of the Spring (2.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K). But the bullpen picked him up, between Rob Scahill, Juan Minaya, Jordan Stephens, Michael Ynoa, & Connor Walsh they went a combined 7 Innings allowing only 3 hits. On the offensive Matt Davidson led the way, going 2-4 with a 3 run Home Run that put the sox ahead for good in the 5th Inning. In other news Micker Adolfo suffered a torn UCL (an injury that often requires Tommy John Surgery) on his Throwing hand but is expected to play through the injury, and visit surgery possibilities this offseason says General Manager Rick Hahn.

GAME 4: W 7-6 Vs. Athletics

KOPECH DAY, expect a player profile at some point this spring on Kopech but for now well go into just this outting. (2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0BB, 3 K) Kopech topped 100 MPH in his first batter faced, the hype is real with this young talent who dominated the Oakland Athletics in his first nod of the Spring. However aside from that the day was not as good as the outcome may percieve as Jake Burger (pictured below) suffered a ruptured achillies and will be shut down for all of 2018 and is due for surgery this week in Chicago, the injury came on a hard hit ground ball that Burger was trying to beat out. Get well soon Jake.

(cc: Daryl Van Schouwen @CST_soxvan)

GAME 5: L 6-5 @ CUBS

I don’t know if it was because this was the first live televised game of the spring or what. But the White Sox looked like a JV high school team in the first inning of Tuesdays game, with the Chicago Cubs. The loss goes to Carson Fulmer (1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R 1 ER) who gave up 4 runs and only one of them was earned? That’s not good and we’ll leave it at that. The bright spot of the pitching staff was actually Hector Santiago & Jeanmar Gomez both giving strong hitless performances. Offensively Matt Davidson led the charge again hitting Home Run number 2 of the spring, Tyler Saladino also knocked in a pair of RBIs.

GAME 6: W 5-4 Vs. Rangers

Lucas Giolito got his first action of the Spring (2.0 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K). As well as Dylan Cease whom the Sox acquired from the Chicago Cubs as part of the Jose Quintana deal, (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K). Offensively Jose Abreu led the charge for the 8th Inning 2 out rally with a 2 run Home Run, his first of the spring. That eventually propelled the Sox to victory. Catcher Seby Zavala added his first 2 RBIs of the Spring as well.

Time for some Who’s Hot Who’s Not? Ya it’s time for some Who’s Hot Who’s Not.

HOTTTTTTTT:

Matt Davidson: .500 avg, 2 HR, 7 RBI

Nicky Delmonico: .455 avg, 3 2B, 1 RBI

Tyler Saladino: .455 avg, 5 H, 2 RBI

Avisail Garcia: .364 avg, 1 2B, 4 H

NOT HOT:

Adam Engel: .167 avg, 3 K, 1 CS

Yoan Moncada: .091 avg, 4 K, 1 BB

Tim Anderson: .222 avg, 3 K, 3 RBI

Leury Garcia: .111 avg, 2 K, 1 H

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

3/1/18- @ Cincinnati Reds

3/2/18- Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

3/3/18- @ Kansas City Royals

3/4/18- Vs. San Diego Padres

3/5/18- @ Oakland Athletics

3/6/18- Vs. Milwaukee Brewers

3/7/18- Vs. Cincinnati Reds

Be sure to follow @WhiSoxNationChi on Twitter for all your White Sox Spring Training coverage, and follow me @Jondaaa as well. Happy Spring everybody.

Statistics- MLB.COM

Header Photo- CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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