Well, that game had a lot of ups and downs by both teams, but at least we didn’t get the loss!
The White Sox were able to secure the 4-4 tie against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale after an exciting ninth-inning performance. The offense had been relatively quiet the entire game, but decided to heat up for a four-run ninth inning and hey, we’ll take it.
Both starting pitchers started off the game strong and flew through the first few innings. Carlos Rodón had a great start and did just about everything right. Rodón allowed a single in the first, but came back and struck out two batters the next inning. He had a 1-2-3 inning in the third and got out of the fourth inning after Ketel Marte reached second base on a fielding error by Matt Reynolds. Overall, Rodón went four innings and recorded five strikeouts, maintaining his 0.00 ERA overall this spring.
Carlos Rodón had another solid day on the mound, recording 5 strikeouts in 4.0 IP. pic.twitter.com/6QwhGue8KM— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 21, 2021
Righty Taylor Clarke started for the Diamondbacks and threw a 1-2-3 inning in the first, followed by just one hit in the second inning (Nick Williams). The only other hit he would allow was a triple by Andrew Vaughn in the fourth with two outs, but Williams was unable to drive him in.
Rodón was replaced by Reynaldo López in the fifth inning, a perfect chance to prove why he should be the fifth starter instead of Rodón. Right off the bat, López allowed two hits in his first six pitches, followed by hitting Bryan Holaday to load the bases with no outs. Yikes. The Diamondbacks scored two runs out of that scenario to make it 2-0. López stayed on the mound for the sixth inning, and allowed a leadoff single to Asdrubal Cabrera, which led to a two-run home run by Nick Ahmed to make it 4-0. López also allowed a single and a walk after that, but was able to get out of the inning after a ground out.
Why not keep him in another inning, right? López stayed in for the seventh and allowed a leadoff walk, followed by a two-out single before getting out of that inning. At this point, it seems clear that Rodón should be the fifth starter when the regular season comes around, let’s just hope that Tony La Russa agrees.
Garrett Crochet came in to relieve López in the eighth inning, and struck out the first two batters he faced in just three pitches both times, as he just keeps getting better and better to watch. After allowing a rare single to Jose Herrera, Crochet got out of the inning with a ground out.
It was looking like the Diamondbacks were going to come out of this one with with a 4-0 shutout win, but the White Sox offense decided to work a little late-inning magic and score four runs out of nowhere. Needless to say, it was very enjoyable to watch that lead slowly disappear.
Southpaw Miguel Aguilar came in to pitch for the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a leadoff walk to Jonathan Lucroy. After Billy Hamilton struck out, Tim Beckham pinch-hit for Andrew Vaughn and walked as well. The White Sox seemed to be giving a lot of back-fields players a chance, as we saw an appearance from Carlos Pérez, who came in to pinch-hit for Williams next. With runners on first and second, Pérez ripped a double to left field to score Lucroy and make it 4-1. With ducks on the pond, Yermín Mercedes ripped a single to right field to score both of those runs and make it 4-3.
This triggered a few lineup changes for both teams, as the Diamondbacks brought in righthander Keury Mella to replace Aguilar, and the White Sox brought in pinch-runner Yolbert Sánchez to pinch-run for Mercedes at first base.
Zach Remillard struck out to keep Sánchez at first with two outs, but Matt Reynolds was up next, who has been solid offensively so far this spring. On a hit-and-run situation with a 3-2 count, Reynolds drove a sharp double to right-center field to drive in Sánchez and make it a 4-4 ball game. The rally ended with a Lenyn Sosa ground out, but another tie had possibly been secured.
Righthander Felix Paulino replaced Crochet in the ninth to try preserve the tie, and that is exactly what he did in striking out the side. This moved the White Sox record to 6-10-5 with a little over a week left of spring training.
Tomorrow’s game will be back at Camelback Ranch against the San Francisco Giants, as Lucas Giolito takes the mound in his second-to-last spring start for the South Siders. Joe Resis will have the coverage of that game starting at 3:05 p.m. CT.
Who was the White Sox MVP in Sunday’s 4-4 tie with Arizona?
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Garrett Crochet: IP, 2 K
Yermín Mercedes: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, K, BB, LOB
Felix Paulino: IP, 3 K
Carlos Pérez: 1-for-1, PH 2B, R, RBI
Carlos Rodón: 4 IP, H, 5 K
Who was the White Sox Game Goat in Sunday’s 4-4 tie with the Diamondbacks?
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Zack Collins: 0-for-3, 3 LOB
Leury García: 0-for-3
Reynaldo López: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K, HR, HB
Nick Madrigal: 0-for-3
Danny Mendick: 0-for-3, LOB