It was a mixed day for Chicago’s baseball teams, as the White Sox picked up a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cubs fell to the Oakland A’s.
The White Sox built up a 6-0 lead behind home runs from Eloy Jimenez (his second in two days), Jose Abreu, and Yoan Moncada, but they came close to coughing it up as the Diamondbacks touched up Dane Dunning for five runs in the seventh inning.
The Sox were able to slam the door however, holding on for a 6-5 win at Camelback Ranch.
Meanwhile, the Cubs got a home run from Kyle Schwarber and a strong outing from Yu Darvish, as he struck out five batters and allowed a pair of earned runs in 3.1 innings of work. Steve Cishek also threw a scoreless inning of relief, but it wasn’t enough as the A’s got three home runs to secure a 7-2 victory at HoHoKam Stadium.
News and Notes:
-Albert Almora Jr. continues to scuffle at the plate this spring, as he’s hitting just .143 after an 0-for-3 performance in the lead-off spot against the A’s. Ian Happ has continued to hit the ball well, and he may be pulling ahead in the race to be the team’s top hitter on a frequent basis.
-The White Sox just keep getting hammered by the injury bug, as two more big league players went down with ailments Sunday.
Outfielder Nicky Delmonico was diagnosed with a partial shoulder separation, and infielder Tyler Saladino is being evaluated for a possible concussion after they collided during Sunday’s game.
It’s unclear how long the players will be out, but Saladino will miss a minimum of seven days as he goes through the league’s concussion protocol. Both players may have taken a hit to their chances of making the Opening Day roster thanks to the collision, but with over two weeks remaining in spring training, that decision isn’t imminent.
-After a string of successful outings, Justin Wilson gave up his first earned run of the spring when he gave up a solo home run to A’s catcher Sean Murphy.
More importantly, Wilson didn’t walk anybody, and struck out a batter in limiting the damage to just the one long ball.
-In addition to his second home run in two days, Jimenez also laced a triple in the game, showing no ill effects from the knee injury that sidelined him last week. Jimenez is now batting .750 on the spring, and is giving himself a real shot at making the team’s roster sooner rather than later.
The Cubs will have a day off Monday before resuming their Cactus League slate with a pair of split squad games on Tuesday, facing the Padres in Peoria and the San Francisco Giants in Mesa.
The White Sox will head to Peoria on Monday for a night game against the Mariners, with former Cubs prospect Dylan Cease taking the mound.