White Sox defeat Royals for first Cactus League win
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White Sox 9, Royals 7
Infielder Nick Madrigal, the Sox’ first-round draft pick in 2018, had two hits but was burned twice for overaggressiveness. He was caught stealing and was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in Glendale, Arizona.
“I’m an aggressive baserunner,” Madrigal said. “I’m going to go as hard as I can and force the defense to make a play. Especially in these games, I’m going to try to push the envelope and show my teammates that I’m trying to get extra bases. They didn’t work out today. Maybe they weren’t the smartest but … I’m aggressive.”
Madrigal, shortstop Tim Anderson, outfielder Adam Engel (three runs), outfielder Charlie Tilson (double, triple) and first baseman Yonder Alonso each had two hits. Alonso hit a home run, and Anderson poked a triple into the right-field corner.
The Sox think highly of right-hander Jimmy Lambert, who was given a start and worked through less-than-sharp command to pitch two scoreless innings.
‘‘A bright, young future star, hopefully,’’ manager Rick Renteria said. ‘‘Nice breaking ball, good fastball. Very aggressive and composed.’’
Lambert hit a batter with a curveball and walked another before covering first to finish an inning-ending double play in the first.
Lambert posted a 2.88 ERA with 30 strikeouts and six walks in 25 innings after being promoted to Class AA Birmingham last season.
‘‘I would have liked to throw more strikes and maybe more breaking balls for strikes, but I got out of it, so I guess you can take that out of it,’’ Lambert said.
Mixed bag of relief
Nate Jones and Carson Fulmer served up homers. Jones allowed a two-run shot in his first inning of the spring and Fulmer a two-run blast in his second outing. Prospects Chris Thompson (four outs, two strikeouts) and Ryan Burr (save) gave the bullpen a late rally.
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