The Chicago White Sox pounded out seven of their 10 hits in the first three innings to run away with an 8-2 win Thursday afternoon against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Rangers’ hitters were held to a season-low five hits and two runs.
Pitching: Starter Nick Martinez struggled big in two of the three innings he pitched. The White Sox, aided by a lead-off blooper that was lost in the sun by left-fielder Ian Desmond, Chicago scored five runs in the first inning, which included a three-run homer by Jerry Sands. After a scoreless second, Martinez gave up two hits, including a run-scoring double before leaving with no outs in the third. Sam Dyson, Yohander Mendez and Connor Sadzeck each had scoreless stints. A.J. Griffin, pitching in his second game this spring, allowed a run on two hits, including a home run, in three innings.
Hitting: For once this spring, there wasn’t much to describe offensively for the Rangers. Ian Desmond had two of the five hits, both singles. Drew Robinson homered in the fifth for the first time this spring. Pedro Ciriaco doubled in the fifth but was picked off with Delino DeShields batting.
Notable: Desmond, who lost a first-inning shallow pop up in left-center (along with Delino DeShields), made his first catch in left field for the first out in the fifth. He had played in four previous games without any action in left.