Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada combine for six hits; White Sox beat Dodgers
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Sox 5, Dodgers 1
Eloy Jimenez, back on the major-league side after signing a big contract in the morning, hit his second homer of the spring and reached base all four times he batted for the White Sox on Saturday in Glendale.
Lefty Manny Banuelos has pitched well enough with low-90s velocity to win a job in the rotation, but there might not be a spot if struggling Lucas Giolito is allowed to work through his problems in the majors and if Ervin Santana is awarded the fifth-starter spot, which won’t be needed till April 10. After allowing a leadoff homer by Chris Taylor in the first inning, Banuelos gave up one more hit, walked two and finished with his third strikeout. In 19 innings covering a team-high six starts, Banuelos has a 4.26 ERA with 17 strikeouts and eight walks. At the least, he should make the team as a long reliever.
Moncada having success
Yoan Moncada ripped two doubles and homered and takes these numbers into the last three games of the spring: A .356/.482/.689 hitting line with three homers, four doubles, a triple and a team-high 11 walks. He ranks among Cactus League leaders in on-base percentage, walks and OPS (1.171).
O-fers for Abreu, Anderson
Jose Abreu, who has looked ready for a couple of weeks, took five at-bats and didn’t get a hit, striking out three times. Tim Anderson (0-for-4 with a strikeout) saw his average fall to .288.
The bullpen has been better of late. Four pitchers vying for jobs made scoreless contributions: Dylan Covey (two innings), Ryan Burr, lefty Caleb Frare and Jose Ruiz.
Indians at Sox, Glendale, 2:05 p.m. Sunday, NBCSCH, 720-AM, Shane Bieber vs. Zach Thompson. Reynaldo Lopez starts in a minor-league game.