The White Sox jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 7-2 victory over the Giants at Camelback Ranch.
After a scoreless top of the first, Tim Anderson got it started in the bottom half with a solo home run. This homer came against righthander Kevin Gausman, and it was Anderson’s first of spring. Later in the inning, Yoán Moncada hit a two-out double, and that brought up Eloy Jiménez, who wasted no time breaking the game open.
Exit velocity: 110 mph— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 22, 2021
Launch angle: 29 degrees
Distance: 463 ft
In other words: MERCY! pic.twitter.com/75alkdHgY8
This mammoth home run was the second of spring training for Eloy, and it gave the White Sox a 3-0 lead. It would end up being all the scoring they’d need today.
Anderson went right back to business in the bottom of the second, smashing an RBI double to extend the White Sox’s lead to four. Eloy, meanwhile, played the role of copycat again, hitting an RBI double in the fifth to make it 5-0.
Meanwhile, on the pitching side, starter Lucas Giolito appeared completely ready to begin the regular season. Giolito built on his strong Cactus League resume with a scoreless 4 2⁄3 innings to lower his ERA to 1.56. Giolito allowed only two hits, walked three, and struck out four.
Michael Kopech, another cornerstone of the rebuild, also lowered his ERA (1.69) with a strong performance. In relief, Kopech, pitched a scoreless 1 1⁄3 innings, striking out two with no free passes.
The Giants got on the board with a sacrifice fly by Darin Ruf in the eighth. The Giants also scored in the ninth on a double by Steven Duggar, but it was too little, too late. The White Sox held on and won by a score of 7-2.
The White Sox improved to 7-10-5, while the Giants fell to 8-10-3. The South Siders will be back in action again tomorrow afternoon against the Cubs. That game will be in Mesa, first pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CST, and MLB Network will televise it. It’s also Jeremy Karll’s debut at South Side Sox! Be sure to tune in.
Who was the White Sox MVP in Monday’s 7-2 win?
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Lucas Giolito: 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K
Eloy Jiménez: 2-for-3 HR, 3 RBI
Tim Anderson: 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI
Adam Eaton: 2-for-3, 2 R
Who was the White Sox Game GOAT in Monday’s 7-2 win?
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Evan Marshall: 1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 K
Ryan Burr: 1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 K
Luis Robert: 0-for-4, 2 K