Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez connect on first homers of spring for White Sox
Yoan Moncada got his first two hits and a stolen base. Jaycob Brugman also went deep for the Sox.
RANGERS 7, SOX 6
South Side ripped men
Eloy Jimenez and rookie Luis Robert hit their first home runs of the spring, and Yoan Moncada had his first two hits (singles) and stolen base of the spring. Non-roster invitee outfielder Jaycob Brugman hit a 436-foot homer to right in a game that ended when non-roster invitee Bryan Mitchell allowed a walk-off homer to Blake Swihart.
Robert’s 113 mph tracer
Robert lined a homer to left-center against right-hander Juan Nicasio in the fourth inning that, off the bat, looked too low to carry over the fence. But it left the yard at 113 mph.
‘‘When he puts the barrel on the baseball, it pretty much jumps off that bat as well as anybody,’’ manager Rick Renteria said.
Robert also singled in the second and stole second base, then made the third out at third trying to scamper back after rounding too far and slipping on the grass.
There was a nice moment of outfield communication between Robert in center and Jimenez in left. Robert ran a long way from right-center, called off Jimenez and caught a fly ball by Joey Gallo near the warning track in left-center.
Eloy’s first oppo taco
Jimenez swatted the first pitch he saw from right-hander Jonathan Hernandez to right-center for a homer in the second. Jimenez hit nine of his 31 homers as a rookie last season in September and said, ‘‘Why not?’’ when he was asked whether 50 homers are possible in 2020.
In the pen
Left-hander Adalberto Mejia, who might be needed for bullpen depth this season, retired all four batters he faced with three strikeouts. Right-hander Carson Fulmer (1.93 ERA) retired all five batters he faced with two strikeouts. Right-hander Jose Ruiz gave up two runs and three hits but struck out two in one inning.
Sox at Angels, Tempe, 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Ross Detwiler vs. Patrick Sandoval.