White Sox give glimpse of future vs. Giants
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White Sox 4, Giants 4
With Yoan Moncada getting more work at third base, Eloy Jimenez batting fourth and playing left field and Luis Robert starting in center, the Sox showcased a glimpse of their future Monday at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona. Each early-20-something international talent showed something, especially Moncada and Robert, who both tripled.
Moncada also made a nice athletic play at third base, had two hits and drove in two runs.
Robert hooked a two-strike breaking ball from former Sox left-hander Derek Holland for a triple that scored Moncada.
Jimenez, who struck out his first time up against Holland, had an infield single that caromed sharply off Drew Pomeranz’s backside. Jimenez then stole second base.
Moncada, who got no action in his first game at third base Saturday, made his first play in the first inning, and it was a keeper. He pounced on a ball that deflected off lefty Manny Banuelos and ranged behind the mound to make the play and get the out with a strong throw. Both of his hits came right-handed, which is the switch hitter’s weakest side.
Bad one for Fry
Jace Fry, the Sox’ best bullpen lefty in 2018, didn’t get an out, walking the first three batters he faced, then allowing a single before being replaced.
Jimenez, on Robert’s speed from home to third on his triple: “Ridiculous. He’s super-fast. Like a panther. The future is going to be awesome.”
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