The offense decided to pretty much take the day off, leaving the White Sox as the only Cactus League team without a win after the afternoon’s action. That spoiled a very nice day for all the pitchers likely to wear a major league uniform this season, especially newcomer Lance Lynn.
Making his first appearance for the White Sox, Lynn cruised through the Giants, giving up just a walk and notching three K’s in two innings of work. He demonstrated his multitasking skills by combining the first strikeout with an audition for Dancing With the Stars.
The first of many White Sox Ks for Lance Lynn. pic.twitter.com/ZbKtPFzfEO— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 4, 2021
Lynn was followed by initial spring appearances by key relievers Evan Marshall and Codi Heuer. Marshall set the Giants down in order, with two faneroonies, but Heuer produced a little unwanted excitement.
With two outs and one on in the fourth, the Gamecast report was “Brandon Crawford singles on a line drive to pitcher Codi Heuer.” That was followed by an ominous, “Game advisory. Injury delay.” Fortunately, Heuer then went on to finish the inning, so all is apparently well. Hard to tell with spring training Gamecast.
That was the end of roster-type pitchers and the end of a scoreless tie. Non-roster-invitee Connor Sadzeck proved to be the day’s Sad Sack, giving up four hits including two homers and three runs. That was all the Giants needed, as their NRI’s held the Sox to one run on a couple of walks, an Andrew Vaughn single and a Leury García fielder’s choice.
The Sox managed three other singles and a Zach Remillard triple, but that was it. One of the singles was from Jonathan Lucroy, who also managed to get through four innings behind the plate without all the awfulness of his first appearance. Catching actual major league pitchers may have helped.
On the catcher competition front, Zach Collins came on in the fifth and actually managed to pick a runner off first — given no video availability, it’s hard to say how that could have happened. Collins balanced it out with a passed ball later in the inning.
Incidentally, it looks like SBNation decided it didn’t like comments today, so apologies if you were trying to get through on the Gamethread.
Next try for a first win for the 0-3-2 Sox comes tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. CT, hosting the Mariners. Colleen Sullivan is back on the SSS coverage for that one.
Who was the MVP of Thursday’s 3-1 White Sox loss to the Giants?
This poll is closed
Ryan Burr: IP, H, BB, 3 K
Lance Lynn: 2 IP, BB, 3 K
Evan Marshall: IP, 2 K
Felix Paulino: IP, H, K
Zach Remillard: 1-for-1, 3B
How much fun was it to have a gamethread without the ability to comment?
This poll is closed
I liked it.
I shed a tiny tear.
It was somewhat agonizing.
It made me question my White Sox fandom.
It would have been OK had there been some Hamster music recs.