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16-1 runaway gives White Sox a 16-12 Cactus finish

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Good Note: Chris Volstad [right] got his first victory of the spring in the White Sox’s triumphant finale on Sunday.
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What a way to end a spring.

The Chicago White Sox — and more accurately, their B- and C-squads — refused to mail in their Cactus League finale, drubbing the Milwaukee Brewers, 16-1, at Camelback Ranch.

Chris Volstad got the default start and went three strong (two hits, two Ks) for his first win of the spring. The veteran righthander threw 14 innings in Arizona and will head into the AAA Charlotte Knights rotation pocketing a perfect 0.00 spring ERA.

Gregory Infante and Ryan Burr pitched scoreless innings in relief, sandwiched around an outstanding outing from Spencer Adams. Adams tossed four solid innings, yielding just a single solo home run.

Offensively, the Chisox subs hit the field pretty quickly, and boy, did they do damage, putting up crooked numbers in the second, third, fourth, sixth and eighth innings.

Seby Zavala kicked off the scoring in the second inning, when he absolutely crushed a ball out to left field, where it landed over the berm and onto the outfield concourse for a three-run shot, scoring Adam Engel and Tyler Saladino.

In the third, three more scored, two coming on a line shot to center by Engel, who got on base in both of his trips to the plate today and ended his spring with a .383 batting average and 1.155 OPS.

At 6-0 in the fourth, Chicago pushed it to double figures by plating four more. The first came on a bases-loaded walk to Matt Skole for the easiest of his 10 RBI on the spring. The next two runs came on a single to center by Mason Robbins.

Even then, the White Sox didn’t downshift.

In the sixth, Eddy Alvarez clocked a two-run oppo shot to left-center to put the Good Guys up, 12-1. Alvarez finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI.

Two innings later, it was the Luis Basabe of the Jose Quintana trade, Bryant Flete, who got on the board with a two-run shot to right, putting the White Sox up, 14-1.

Joel Booker and Jake Elmore followed later in the eighth with RBI singles, to close out scoring for the game, and for spring training 2018.

All in all, it was a pretty fun Cactus League. Breakouts from Engel and Ryan Cordell, continued strong play from Avisail Garcia, Yoan Moncada and Matt Davidson, and even some succulent sneak previews from Eloy Jimenez, Basabe, Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Dane Dunning, Zavala, Micker Adolfo and even Jake Burger well offset the occasional Carson Fulmer flameout.

The White Sox finish the spring at 16-12, good for fifth in the Cactus League. Among AL teams, they finished behind only the Cleveland Indians.