Sox fall to Texas; Moncada, Davidson fan 4 times vs. Dodgers

SHARE Sox fall to Texas; Moncada, Davidson fan 4 times vs. Dodgers

Michael Kopech deals.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Michael Kopech pitched three innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts and Leury Garcia had four hits to raise his average to .400 but the White Sox dropped a 10-8 decision to the Texas Rangers Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday night against the Dodgers, Sox left-hander Derek Holland gave up two runs on three hits including a Bobby Wilson homer. Holland yielded plenty of hard contact but also struck out four.

“The main thing is I’m very happy with the changeups,” Holland said. “The only thing I was disappointed in was elevating [pitches]. I was going too high. Overall I did a good job of attacking for the most part.” Holland, who pitched two scoreless innings in his first start, was signed to a one-year, $6 million deal in the offseason.

The Sox scored against Alex Wood in the first on Melky Cabrera’s infield single with Adam Engel (walk) on third but were silenced for most of the way thereafter.

Third baseman Matt Davidson, who has an opportunity to snag a big share of DH at-bats, struck out his first four times up — making him 6-for-31 with 16 strikeouts. Top prospect Yoan Moncada, batting sixth behind Davidson, also struck out his first four times up.

Running wild

The Sox stole five bases, including two by Jacob May, but overall it was not a good baserunning day.

Garcia was doubled off first on Jose Abreu’s liner to second in the first inning, and in the eighth, with the Sox down 10-8, Garcia broke for third with one out before pitcher R.J. Alvarez made a move toward home.  Alvarez stepped off and threw him out easily. And Cody Asche would have been doubled off on a liner in the fifth had first baseman James Loney held on.

“Not good,’’ manager Rick Renteria said. “We like aggressive baserunning but recklessness is not a key to being aggressive. You talk to the player and see what the thought process was. ‘’

The Sox have have made some aggressive outs on the bases this spring but Renteria said the baserunning has been satisfactory overall.

“The mistakes stood out a little today. Overall I’ve been pretty satisfied with how we react to line drives and run the bases. Today was just an anomaly. Hopefully recklessness does not become a part of our normal operating procedure.’’

Hot sticks

Garcia, though, had four hits to raise his Cactus League average to .400. He also stole bases and has a good chance to make the team because of his infield-outfield versatility. May, batting leadoff and playing center field, was 2-for-4 including a bunt single and walk. May, former Sox Carlos May’s nephew, is batting .385.

Rough day for relievers

Aside from Kopech’s good start, no one distinguished himself on the mound. Zack Burdi gave up a three-run go-ahead homer to Cesar Puello in the eighth.

On deck

The Sox play the Dodgers on Saturday night in what is essentially a day-night doubleheader. Derek Holland gets the start for the Sox.

Monday: Indians at Sox, 3:05 (, Carlos Carrasco vs. Carson Fulmer.

The Latest
Environmental reporter Brett Chase was joined by community experts Mary Gonzales, Tanya Lozano, Theresa McNamara and Olga Bautista for a conversation about air pollution and a scrap-metal operation in Pilsen.
Event moderator and Sun-Times social justice and wage gap reporter, Elvia Malagón, was joined by special guests Dr. Evelyn Figueroa, Frank Sandoval and Karina Ayala-Bermejo on April 26 at the Coleman Public Library.
One oddsmaking website gives the former Blackhawks goalie just a 22% chance of being enshrined.
Whether or not the legend of a janitor inventing the spicy snack is true (and it probably isn’t), the film treatment definitely doesn’t satisfy.
A package from Thailand contained 22 watches, 36 sunglasses and 25 pairs of socks with counterfeit trademarks of luxury designer brands, officials said.