The new-look Cincinnati Reds came into Camelback Ranch on Wednesday afternoon and poured on the offense against the Chicago White Sox, winning 11-4 at the Glendale ballpark.
Christian Colon knocked in three runs for the Reds, as did second baseman Derek Dietrich, and Reynaldo Lopez coughed up two runs in two innings of work as the White Sox lost their fourth game in their first five Cactus League contests.
Both Aaron Bummer and Caleb Frare struggled for the White Sox, giving up four earned runs apiece, and the Sox gave up a total of 15 hits and walked seven batters in the losing effort.
Outfielder Eloy Jimenez struck out twice and went 0-for-3 for the White Sox, but Yoan Moncada had a solid day at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a run scored and a walk in the game.
The White Sox gave the Reds an early lead thanks to Joey Votto and Yasiel Puig, who both registered RBI singles in the first inning to give Cincinnati a 2-0 lead. Yonder Alonso did homer to left field to make it 2-1 in the bottom of the frame, but then the Reds turned things up a notch, scoring four runs in the third inning and five more in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
The White Sox will next take the field on Tuesday afternoon when they head to Peoria to take on the Seattle Mariners.
News and Notes:
-The White Sox just can’t catch any breaks on the injury front, as right-handed pitching prospect Dane Dunning has been sidelined due to forearm discomfort in his pitching arm. Outfield prospect Luis Alexander Basabe broke a hamate bone in his left hand earlier in spring training as well.
It’s unclear how serious Dunning’s injury is, but the White Sox are expected to provide an update later this week.
-Blake Rutherford had some chances to help the White Sox cause on Wednesday, but he couldn’t get the job done as he went 0-for-3 and left four men on base in the game. Even still, his batting average is still at .444 for the spring.