White Sox struck out 13 times and only walked once? Fuggedaboudit. Dinger time, baby!
Zack Collins got his third blast of the spring with Yasmani Grandal aboard in the second:
That ball was out in a hurry. pic.twitter.com/5f26PQZSuJ— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 26, 2021
That was all Carlos Rodón would have needed in a 7-5 win, as he continued to be the best Sox starting pitcher this spring whose last name doesn’t start with G — except after he came out in the fifth, the call to the pen apparently brought in the country singer Will Carter instead of the baseball one, because only a guy strumming a guitar would have then balked in the opposing pitcher.
That pitcher, Freddy Peralta, whiffed a whole bunch of Sox, but ran out of gas in the sixth, giving up a single to Marco Hernandez, double to Tim Anderson, two-run single to a struggling José Abreu, and then gave way to Eric Yardley, of the First Batter Batter He Faces Goes Yard-leys:
Big hits only for international pop sensation, Yoán Moncada. pic.twitter.com/nM09fQnh5V— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 26, 2021
Yoán Moncada’s shot was last reported in orbit over the Gulf of Mexico. That made it 6-2, and the Sox added one in the ninth with help from an errant pickoff attempt, and then tried to make it interesting by bringing in Tayron Guerrero with one on in the ninth. Guerrero punched his ticket to, maybe, Kannapolis by giving up a double, triple, and double before getting out of the inning.
Between Rodón and Guerrero, kidney stone recoveree Liam Hendricks demonstrated stones of a different sort (or showed he can give pain as well as suffer it — your choice) by striking out the side in the sixth. Garrett Crochet and Matt Foster struggled some, but got out of it in the seventh and eighth — Foster getting charged with a run only after giving way to Guerrero.
But what about our new left fielder, future Gold Glover Andrew Vaughn, you ask? Well, not much happened, at least as far as you could tell from bare-bones Gameday. He picked up a single and a double and threw them back in without incident or self-injury, and finally got his first outfield putout on a fly in the seventh.
For real outfield action, you had to go to 17-year old Hedbert Perez demonstrating turnabout-is-fair-play to Luis Robert, who had finally belted one after a bad day at the plate:
He’s only 17!— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 26, 2021
Hedbert Perez is showing off his defense. pic.twitter.com/I2CSTsiXwC
Sox are now 10-11, with roughly 275,463 ties. Next game is Saturday at the Rockies, 3:10 p.m. Central. Bill Meincke sneaks off of his routine Wednesday coverage to steal a weekend game for us.
Who was the White Sox MVP in Friday’s 7-5 win over the Brewers?
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Zack Collins: 1-for-3, R, 2 RBI, HR, 2 K, LOB
Liam Hendriks: IP, 3 K, laughing derisively at kidney stones
Yoán Moncada: 1-for-3, R, 2 RBI, HR, K, GWRBI
Carlos Rodón: 4 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K, HR
Andrew Vaughn: 1-for-4, 2 K, courageously steps into LF for the first time in his pro or collegiate career
Who was the White Sox Game Goat in Friday’s 7-5 win over the Brewers?
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Matt Foster: 1 2⁄3 IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K, HB
Tayron Guerrero: 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, K
Luis Robert: 0-for-4, 2 K, 2 LOB