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Giolito allows 4 runs early, Jones gives up 3 late in White Sox’ loss to Cubs

Lucas Giolito pitches in the first inning against the Cubs, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cubs 11, White Sox 9

Jonesing for trouble

With most of the regulars gone, the Sox knotted this one up, with prospects Laz Rivera (RBI double) and Luis Robert (two-run double) producing three runs in the seventh and No. 4 overall pick Nick Madrigal sliding home with the tying run. But veteran right-hander Nate Jones gave up three runs the next inning, two on an opposite-field homer by 28-year-old minor-leaguer Wynton Bernard. Jones faced four Cubs and didn’t record an out. He now owns a troubling 12.46 ERA. The Sox are 0-2 against their crosstown rival this spring.

Stage was set

Madrigal singled in a run to bring Robert to the plate as the winning run in the ninth, but Robert grounded into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play. The sellout crowd of 13,166 was the largest for a Sox home game this spring.


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Lots of traffic for Giolito

Right-hander Lucas Giolito (6.91 ERA) struck out seven but walked two and allowed five runs and six hits, including two homers, over five innings. Giolito struck out four (there was a dropped third strike) in the first after Albert Almora Jr.’s leadoff homer. Giolito, who threw 85 pitches, 57 for strikes, says he has a good feel for his curveball, but “I would like to execute some pitches better. There were some pitches, especially fastballs, a little up in the zone.”

Moncada goes deep

Yoan Moncada belted a three-run homer against left-hander Cole Hamels and walked in four plate appearances. Moncada is hitting .379 with a 1.210 OPS this spring. Jose Abreu (.343 average, .933 OPS), James McCann (.407, 1.040), Brandon Guyer, Danny Mendick and Rivera each had two hits for the Sox (7-11-2).

On deck

Dodgers at Sox, Glendale, 3:05 p.m. Saturday, NBCSCH, Tony Goslin vs. Ivan Nova.