The Monster didn’t know what hit him.
Hyun-Jin Ryu was left decimated by the top of the White Sox order, led by more offensive fireworks from Avisail Garcia, as Chicago romped to an easy 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Saturday.
García remains smoking hot in the No. 2 spot in the order, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. The right fielder is now second on the team in batting average (.390) and slugging percentage (.634).
The White Sox essentially put the game away in just two innings. The first frame began with a Yoan Moncada walk, followed by a García single to left — Moncada’s afterburners drawing a throw to third base that allowed Avi to take second. Jose Abreu followed with an RBI tapper to first, García moving up to third. After a Matt Davidson walk, Ryan Cordell drove in Chicago’s second ground-out run with a tapper to second to get Davidson on a fielder’s choice. With Cordell at first with two outs, Tim Anderson drove a double to center field, plating Cordell.
But Ricky’s Boys weren’t done there. In the second inning, the White Sox added two more. Adam Engel hit an infield single with one out, followed by a Yoan Moncada grounder that extinguished Engel at second. With two out, García drilled a deep fly to left-center that narrowly missed getting out, Moncada motoring home to easily beat a fabulous catch-and-throw from left fielder Kike Hernandez. Abreu then drilled a single to center to plate García.
Spotted a 5-0 lead, Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez mostly cruised. In the first, some Dodgers aggression ran them out of a potentially big inning, as Andrew Toles led off with a double and was promptly thrown out attempting to steal third.
The only damage inflicted during González’s otherwise solid five-plus was a two-run shot from Chase Utley in the fourth. El Jaliscience’s line for the day: 5 1⁄3 innings, six hits, two earned runs, a walk and four Ks.
Chris Volstad came on, and jumping jesus on a pogo stick he has been aces this spring. The towering lefty tossed another 1 2⁄3 scoreless, wiping out two Dodgers on strikes. Nate Jones and Rob Scahill finished things off, both pitchers throwing a scoreless inning with a strikeout.
There was a setback of sorts in the seventh. Abreu led off and coaxed his second walk of the day. With Davidson batting, the fleet first sacker stole off for second, attempting his first theft of the spring. Results, for the aspiring 30-30 man? His first stolen base of the spring —negated by oversliding the bag.
The White Sox head to Hohokam Stadium to play the Oakland A’s on Sunday, with OPENING DAY STARTER James Shields on the bump, to be relieved by OPENING DAY STARTER OF THE INDETERMINATE FUTURE Michael Kopech.