Well hey, another game, another White Sox loss in a spring training made miserable with finality today, as official world of Bryce Harper’s utterly reasonable 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies confirms that the have-not team among Harpchado finalists San Diego, Philadelphia and Chicago is us, truly.
This time, it was the Seattle Mariners toppling the Sox, 8-3, in a game that really only got loosed from the South Siders late.
Lucas Giolito started for the White Sox, and his peak velocity of 97 mph was very good. But his speed ebbed and flowed throughout the start, an apparent case of inconsistency of delivery and/or release point. Sounds like a first spring start, all right: two innings, three runs, one earned, three hits, two Ks.
Those unearned runs? Goddang Nicky Delmonico committed the first error of the spring for the White Sox, a two-out flub in the second that, natch, was then followed by a two-run single by Dustin Ackley that put the M’s up, 3-2. Seattle would not trail again in the game.
After Giolito, Alex Colomé (scoreless inning), Jace Fry (one IP, one hit, one K) and Evan Marshall (scoreless inning) were good. Colton Turner (double, walk, walk, hook) was bad. Jordan Stephens (two innings, three hits, one earned, one walk, two Ks) was OK. And Jordan Guerrero (one inning, two HRs, three earned, three Ks) was downright confused.
At the plate, it was pretty much the Tim Anderson show, with an RBI single in the second inning to lead off Chicago’s scoring and a no-doubter solo shot to center in the fourth to end it. Subtracting TA, Yolmer Sánchez and Delmonico from the batting order, the rest of the White Sox combined to go 1-for-24 with eight Ks, two walks, an RBI and a run.
Per Daryl Van Schouwen’s furious calculations while the rest of the White Sox were making outs today, Anderson is now 5-for-11 on the spring, with a home run, triple, double, four RBIs and three runs in four games. Also: no strikeouts.
Tomorrow, the White Sox head up to Surprise! for a game vs. the Texas Rangers. Iván Nova makes his spring debut for the White Sox, while Shelby Miller does same for the Rangers.
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