Players competing for roster spots shined for the Chicago White Sox in a 4-4 tie towards the Cubs on Friday at Camelback Ranch.
Infielder/outfielder Romy Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs. Reliever Gregory Santos struck out all 4 batters he confronted. Santos has not allowed a run and has eight strikeouts in 5 aid appearances this spring (5⅓ innings).
Here are three extra takeaways from Sox camp.
1. Eloy Jiménez displays on ‘one of the best games’ he’s ever performed in on the WBC.
Jiménez hoped for a unique outcome. But one of many Sox outfielder/designated hitter’s favourite moments taking part for the Dominican Republic within the World Baseball Classic got here Wednesday towards Puerto Rico.
“That was a fun game,” Jiménez stated Friday morning. “Hate to lose but they played well too. Credit to them. That was a really good game, one of the best games I’ve played in.”
Jiménez returned to the Sox and was within the beginning lineup Friday towards the Cubs two days after the Dominican Republic’s 5-2 loss to Puerto Rico. The Dominican Republic completed 2-2 in pool play and didn’t advance to the quarterfinals.
“It was good, something I will never forget but not the result I wanted,” Jiménez stated. “Now we’re here, getting ready for the season and that’s the most important thing. Keep getting ready, take good at-bats (and) play in the outfield.”
Jiménez went 5-for-11 with a double and two RBIs within the occasion. Before the match, he was 8-for-16 in Cactus League video games with the Sox.
He picked up the place he left off, doubling in his first at-bat Friday and ending 1-for-2 with a run.
“He had a great experience (in the WBC),” Sox supervisor Pedro Grifol stated Friday morning. “Talked to him (Thursday) night. He wants to get ready for the season. I was going to give him a day off and he was like ‘I want to play.’ So all right, let’s play.”
2. Mike Clevinger labored on sequencing in his 2nd spring begin.
Clevinger labored on sequencing and “what pitches play” in his second spring begin. The right-hander allowed three runs on three hits and struck out three in 3⅓ innings Friday.
He surrendered a pair of homers — Yan Gomes hit a two-run shot within the third and Edwin Ríos a solo blast within the fourth.
“We went with a couple of sequences we’d probably never do in the regular season (Friday), like that last one to Yan,” Clevinger stated. “I had him all day on the sliders. He was swinging and lacking. We had been making an attempt to see how the changeup was going to play to righties as a result of we noticed early in spring it appeared prefer it was going to be an enormous pitch for me (and) I nonetheless suppose it’s.
“But we are only using it to lefties. So we were like, ‘Hey, let’s get in an advantage count and see how it plays to righties.’ And it didn’t play too well, but we get to see it, we get to se where it needs to go from there at least.”
Clevinger stated he felt good and bought as much as 65 pitches.
“Next time around the 80 marker and full-go after that, you are 80 to 100 pitches,” he stated.
3. Lucas Giolito happy with ‘productive’ B recreation.
Giolito referred to as it a “very productive backfield day.” The right-hander allowed three hits and struck out six in 4 scoreless innings throughout a B recreation Thursday towards the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch.
“I was throwing all my pitches for strikes,” Giolito stated Thursday. “About midway by means of, (pitching coach) Ethan (Katz) challenged me to make an adjustment with my fastball. I used to be throwing it down within the zone lots, center and down within the zone lots. He was like ‘Hey, let’s get that factor up within the zone the place it really works finest,’ after which we did a greater job of getting it up within the zone, getting some flyouts and stuff like that.
“But overall, about all you could ask for, throwing on the backfield.”
Giolito was in line to pitch Wednesday towards the San Francisco Giants, however rain washed out that Cactus League recreation. He was pushed to the B recreation Thursday, which meant some adjusting with out a pitch clock.
“I was just trying to keep a good pace in my head,” he stated. “I wasn’t counting in my head but I thought, ‘Don’t be walking around the mound, don’t be doing that stuff that we used to be able to do.’ I was just trying to keep a good pace with it. I felt like I had a good rhythm going, for sure.”
Giolito is aiming for 5 innings in his subsequent begin.
“That’s that progression, you just go up one inning each time,” Giolito stated. “(I) probably will get a couple outings with five and then go from there for the (regular) season.”