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White Sox 4, Padres 3: Rodón Looks Sharp

The veteran strikes out four in three innings in his first start of the spring

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Carlos Rodón staked his claim on Tuesday to the No. 5 spot with his second strong appearance of the spring.
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In the battle for the back-end of the White Sox rotation, Carlos Rodón made a major step forward with his start today.

Looking sharp in all three of his innings, Rodón located his pitches well and kept hitters off-balance by changing speeds and having good movement on his secondary pitches. He ended his day with four Ks in three innings, while only giving up a single hit.

It was a tough act to follow for Reynaldo López, who is also battling for a starting job and has lost the lead in the race for the No 5 spot in the rotation. The righthander came on in relief of Rodón for the next three innings and unfortunately wasn’t missing bats. The defense did not do him any favors, either, as López ended up with a much more adventuresome line of two runs, four hits, and a walk to go along with two strikeouts.

Defense for the Padres was all kinds of bad (again) and contributed to the majority of White Sox runs (again). This time around, San Diego chipped in for five of the six errors in the game, and a number of them were things you frankly wouldn’t even expect in a Little League game, let alone in spring training.

The most impressive defender of the day for the White Sox was Yermín Mercedes, as he threw out three Padres runners on attempted steals.

Zack Collins went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Sox on offense. The only RBIs of the evening came from Adam Eaton — until the ninth, when Luis González drove in Matt Reynolds for the go-ahead run at 4-3.

The Sox are back at home tomorrow to face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 3:05 p.m. CT. Bill Meincke, who may or may not be on-site at Camelback to cover the game, has the gamethread and recap coverage.


Who was the White Sox MVP in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Padres?

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  • 0%
    Ryan Burr: IP, 2 K, Sv
    (0 votes)
  • 9%
    Zack Collins: 2-for-3, R, BB
    (13 votes)
  • 4%
    Luis González: 1-for-1, BB, 2-out GWRBI
    (6 votes)
  • 9%
    Yermín Mercedes: 1-for-4, K, GIDP, 2 LOP, 3-for-3 CS
    (13 votes)
  • 77%
    Carlos Rodón: 3 IP, H, 4 K
    (108 votes)
140 votes total Vote Now


Who was the White Sox Game Goat in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over San Diego?

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  • 15%
    Tayron Guerrero: IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, K, WP, BS, W
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Marco Hernandez: 0-for-2, 2 K, LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 44%
    Reynaldo López: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 K, BB, E, H
    (41 votes)
  • 3%
    Nick Madrigal: 0-for-3, K, 2 LOB
    (3 votes)
  • 37%
    Andrew Vaughn: 0-for-5, 2 K, 5 LOB
    (35 votes)
93 votes total Vote Now