Peavy ends losing streak as Sox down Jays

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Peavy ends losing streak as Sox down Jays

The boys finally gave Jake Peavy some run support.

Peavy snapped a four-start losing streak Friday, allowing one run on five hits over 7 13 innings. But unlike his previous four starts -- in which the White Sox scored a grand total of two runs -- Peavy received three runs of support in the fifth, and the Sox went on to beat Toronto 4-2.

Toronto got off to a good start against Peavy, with Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista singling to put two on with one out. But the Blue Jays attempted a double steal on a 3-2 offering to Edwin Encarnacion, who struck out and Bautista was thrown out to end the threat.

Adam Lind homered to lead off the second for Toronto, their only tally of the game. Through three innings, Peavy had thrown 56 pitches.

Peavy battled back, though, and held Toronto scoreless in five straight frames before being pulled with one out in the eighth. He threw 115 pitches, striking out seven with two walks and lowering his season ERA to 2.85 in the process.

The Sox rallied in the fifth, with Dayan Viciedo leading the inning off with a double. He was brought home on a single by Alexei Ramirez, who advanced to third on a throwing error by Blue Jays left fielder Rajai Davis. He scored on a bloop single by Gordon Beckham, who advanced to second on another error and later scored on a Kevin Youkilis single. For Youkilis, it was his 11th RBI in 11 games since joining the White Sox.

A solo home run by A.J. Pierzynski in the sixth increased the Sox lead to 4-1, where it stayed through the end of the game. Pierzynski's blast was No. 16 on the season, leaving him only two shy of his career high with only a pair of games left until the All-Star break.

Pitching for the third consecutive day, Addison Reed allowed one run in the ninth but earned his 13th save of the season.

The win was the fourth straight by the White Sox, who now sit three games ahead of Cleveland and 4 12 ahead of Detroit, which moved to to .500 for the first time since May 15. And with the win, played in front of an announced crowd of 27,129, the White Sox will enter the All-Star break in first place.

White Sox avoid arbitration with Todd Frazier, four pitchers

White Sox avoid arbitration with Todd Frazier, four pitchers

The White Sox agreed to one-year contracts with five players on Friday, including a $12-million deal for Todd Frazier.

Frazier established a franchise record for home runs by a third baseman in 2016 when he blasted 40 in his first season with the White Sox. A free agent after the 2017 season, Frazier hit .225/.302/.464 in 666 plate appearances, drove in a career high 98 runs and produced 2.4 Wins Above Replacement, according to fangraphs.com. 

Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez is set to earn $5.9 million this season. The team also agreed to deals with relievers Dan Jennings ($1.4 million), Zach Putnam ($1.1175 million) and Jake Petricka ($825,000).

The White Sox acquired Frazier in a three-player trade from the Cincinnati Reds in December 2015. It's expected they would try to trade Frazier, who has hit 104 homers since 2014 and participated in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby three consecutive years, before the Aug 1 non-waiver trade deadline as part of the club's rebuilding efforts. 

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Gonzalez went 5-8 with a 3.73 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) after he was signed to a minor-league deal in early April. 

Jennings posted a 2.08 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. 

Putnam had a 2.30 ERA in 27 1/3 innings with 30 strikeouts before he had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. 

Petricka was limited to nine appearances before his season was ended by hip surgery.

Both Petricka and Putnam are expected to be ready for spring training.

Top White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada impresses club at minicamp

Top White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada impresses club at minicamp

It was a limited look, but Yoan Moncada made a strong first impression on the White Sox this week.

Acquired from the Boston Red Sox last month in the Chris Sale trade, Moncada arrived in Glendale, Ariz., earlier this week with the franchise hopeful he'd offer a glimpse of the skills that earned him the designation as baseball's top prospect.

Moncada didn't disappoint, either, as he had White Sox evaluators excited throughout a three-day hitters camp. Whether it's his physicality, how he carried himself or his baseball IQ, White Sox staffers couldn't have been happier about their first experience with their new prized possession.

"(Moncada) looks like a linebacker, but he moves like a wide receiver," player development director Chris Getz said. "He's got good actions. He's obviously a switch hitter. He's got power. He can hit. He's got a good smile. He seems to be enjoying himself out here, he interacts well with his teammates.

"So far it has been very impressive, and we look forward to seeing more."

Hitting coach Todd Steverson said Moncada, 21, looked every bit the part when he first observed him from across the hall at the team's facility. Steverson spoke to friends in the scouting community and wasn't the least bit surprised when he encountered the 6-foot-2, 205-pound second baseman. Moncada was just as impressive on the field with his skills and effort, Steverson said.

"This is a large specimen right here," Steverson said. "He's put together pretty well.

"On defense it looks like he has some really good hands.

"He got in the box and he hadn't swung for a while. But still, you could tell he had good hands going through the zone, has a nice approach and wants to work real hard."

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Moncada's fancy tools have been well publicized since he received a $31.5-million signing bonus from the Red Sox in March 2015.

MLB.com graded Moncada's hit tool at 60 on the 20-80 scouting scale while his base running is 65 and arm is 60. Moncada's power received a 55 grade, and his fielding is 50. Moncada received an overall grade of 65, which suggests he has the ability to be a perennial All-Star and worth 4 Wins Above Replacement, according to fangraphs.com.

But the White Sox weren't just impressed with Moncada's physical ability.

One of manager Rick Renteria's top objectives for the camp was to emphasize fundamentals and what's important to the team. Renteria wanted to identify specific game situations and how players are expected to handle them so they're well prepared for the future. Moncada handled that area well, too.

"Yoan is a very knowledgeable baseball player who has experience on a multitude of levels," amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler said. "In the brief time we had with him this week, he showed a tremendous ability to drive the ball the opposite way as well as drive balls to the gap and out of the ball park from both sides of the plate. That ability will help him handle and any all situations that Ricky asks him to do at the plate. Defensively his hands and feet are very good and will have no problem there. He's a bright hard-working kid that is part of a bright future for the organization."