The Chicago White Sox fell to the San Francisco Giants, 5-2, on Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch. The only offense from the White Sox came in the first inning, as Yonder Alonso broke out of his mid-spring funk with a two-run homer (his team-leading fourth of the spring, and second oppo shot), plating the first two runs of the game.
The White Sox managed just seven hits, and in a troubling photocopy of at least the past two games, Alonso’s home run was the only extra-base hit. One bright spot was Adam Engel, who got a pair of singles to raise his spring OPS to a solid .857.
And in the top of the second, Engel did what he does best: Snatching back home runs. His victim this afternoon was Pablo Sandoval, and it sure looks like Engel is ready for the regular season. This was one of the only times Manny Bañuelos allowed solid contact today. (Nice touch from Bañuelos, doffing his cap to his fleet center fielder, and Engel returning the gesture.)
Bañuelos had a nearly identical outing to his last game, when he started strong but faded down the stretch. This time, the lefty only allowed two baserunners in his first four innings of work (both singles). The fifth inning was not as smooth, as Bañuelos hit a batter and allowed a double, getting knocked out of the game with two runners in scoring position. Those two runners would come around to score against reliever Ryan Burr, and the Giants would add two more in a four-run fifth. Bañuelos finished with 4 1⁄3 innings of work, allowing those two runs on three hits, with no walks or strikeouts.
After Burr departed, Jace Fry and newly acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera followed with strong outings. Fry went 1 2⁄3 innings and allowed no hits, walking one and striking out four. Herrera pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning, striking out one.
Thyago Vieira started the ninth inning but recorded no outs, as all three hitters he faced reached base. (As Darren Jackson mentioned in his reliever analysis from earlier today, Vieira is simply not fooling anyone as he relies too heavily on his fastball.) The burly hurler walked two and gave up a single. Josh Osich largely stopped the bleeding, only allowing one of the Giants he inherited to score.
The loss drops the White Sox spring record to a dismal 7-14. Tomorrow, they travel to Goodyear to take on the Cincinnati Reds, who were quite active this offseason. That game is at 8:05 p.m. CT and will be available on NBC Sports Chicago.
Today also brought some off-field news, mostly of a depressing nature.
First, we were due to get a Dane Dunning update, and it was a doozy: Tommy John surgery, performed today by Dr. James Andrews. Dunning will not pitch again in 2019.
Second, Carlos Rodón was named the Opening Day starter, getting one more spring turn over the weekend before taking the ball on March 28 at the Kansas City Royals.
And finally, the White Sox tidied up the major league roster a bit, optioning Aaron Bummer and Carson Fulmer to Triple-A Charlotte and Charlie Tilson and Colton Turner to at-large minor league camp.
The moves leave the team with 41 players remaining in camp: 20 pitchers, four catchers, nine infielders and eight outfielders.