Sox Bats Explode vs. Reds; Cubs in Glendale Tomorrow
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Gordon Beckham doubled twice, slammed a two-run homer (1) and drove in three runs, Courtney Hawkins continued his hot hitting with his second homer of the spring and Geovany Soto (1) added a round-tripper as the White Sox routed the Reds, 9-4, at Goodyear…Jose Quintana, now 2-0, lowered his earned run average to 1.59 as he allowed just one run on two hits and a walk along with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Making a couple of rare plate appearances because the DH wasn’t used in the National League park, Jose also had an RBI single…Alexei Ramirez, already among the Cactus League RBI leaders, added two more and now has 10.
Third baseman Matt Davidson, C Adrian Nieto, SS Tyler Saladino, C Kevan Smith and OF Trayce Thompson were optioned to Class AAA Charlotte. RHPs Raul Fernandez and Michael Ynoa were optioned to Class AA Birmingham and 1B Dan Black, INF Andy LaRoche, RHP J.D. Martin, OF Jared Mitchell, SS Tim Anderson and RHP Tyler Danish were reassigned to minor-league camp
With the moves, the Sox have 51 players remaining in major-league camp: 30 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and six outfielders.
Quote of the Day
GM Rick Hahn on two of the optioned players, Saladino and Thompson.
“We’re thrilled with both with where they’re at. We feel both could help us in Chicago should the need arise.”
On Friday, White Sox vs. Cubs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, LHP Travis Wood for the North Siders.
Photo of the Day
Soto is hitting .316 in Cactus League play.