Another day, another comeback win.
It might not say much for the Chisox starters, but all that matters is the final score. And the White Sox moved to 4-2 on the spring with another stirring victory, 8-3 over Cleveland.
Yermín Mercedes once again provided the key highlight, turning a 3-0 deficit upside-down with one swing:
Mercedes’ grand slam in the bottom of the sixth put the White Sox up for good. But the fun was far from over.
An inning later, Chicago put the game away for good, on the strength of a two-run double from Romy González (on his first-at bat of the spring) and an RBI single from Blake Rutherford. And just for kicks, we got a late burst of fireworks from our soon-to-be top hitting prospect, Andrew Vaughn:
“‘Gone’ as in ‘Vaughn’” ?!?! Time to head to Hawkeroo camp, Russ Langer.
It was a rough start this time around for Aaron McRae (2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 K, HR). The only other White Sox pitcher to get touched up was Caleb Frare (IP, ER, 2 BB), who might find himself getting an early ticket to minor-league camp in spite of his MLB experience and relatively rare southpawery.
Konnor Pilkington, Zack Burdi, Jacob Lindgren, Brady Lail and Bennett Sousa combined for two hits, two walks and six Ks over 5 ⅓ innings. In the lineup, seven different White Sox got hits, but perhaps more importantly, the team whiffed eight times against six walks, a ratio that’s been delightfully common so far this spring.
Who was the MVP of today’s 8-3 win over Cleveland?
This poll is closed
Nicky Delmonico (1-for-2, BB, assist-2B)
Romy González (1-for-1, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI)
Brady Lail (2 IP, BB, 3 K)
Yermín Mercedes (1-for-2, GS, 4 RBI, GWRBI)
Andrew Vaughn (1-for-1, BB, HR)
Tomorrow the White Sox take on the Texas Rangers back up at Surprise Stadium, site of one of the two Chicago losses on the spring. It’s a 2:05 CT start, taking place in complete broadcast silence. Brett has the SSS coverage, while Phoenix’s own Sean Williams takes the game for South Side Hit Pen.