White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Brent Morel went 1-4 with a strikeout against San Diego -- but more importantly, he didn't take a walk. That makes it an even 50 trips to the plate in spring training without the third baseman drawing a free pass, which is a concerning trend given his results last year.

The White Sox lost that game to San Diego by a score of 13-2, with Dylan Axelrod failing to put together a great outing results-wise. The best bet is, right now, Zach Stewart has the inside edge to win a long relief spot in the bullpen, although there's still plenty of time for that to change. Gavin Floyd was roughed up in the Sox other game, allowing six runs in his final inning of work against Colorado.

The new food options at U.S. Cellular Field sound awesome. Among the new offerings is a hot dog with pastrami bacon. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Various projections have the White Sox pegged to be a mediocre-to-bad team. That doesn't mean they definitely will sit in the 77-win range, but it's the most likely outcome of the 2012 season.

This one was fun to compile: There have been 18 home runs by American League pitchers since the designated hitter was established in 1973. Click the link to see who joins Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland on the list.

Omar Vizquel will make the Blue Jays. Prost!

Around the division: Progressive Field is going green, the Indians released Cristian Guzman, Luis Mendoza and Danny Duffy will round of Kansas City's rotation, Nick Nelson runs down Minnesota's starting pitching and Joel Zumaya's going to "give it one more shot."

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

Here are some of Monday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Preview: Cubs look to bounce back vs. Giants tonight on CSN

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

Cubs can't complete another miracle comeback against Giants bullpen

Should Blackhawks' next assistant coach be Joel Quenneville's choice?

How Bears are using veteran videos to school rookies on NFL way

Luis Robert the latest high-end acquisition for White Sox

For Joe Maddon, Cubs winning World Series came down to Giant comeback in SF and avoiding Johnny Cueto in elimination game

Carlos Rodon 'getting closer' but still without time frame for return

Have the Cubs found their new leadoff hitter in Ben Zobrist?

MMQB's Peter King's thoughts on Trubisky, Howard, White and the Bears offense

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

PHOENIX -- The red-hot White Sox ran into Zack Greinke on Monday night.

He cooled them off in a hurry.

Greinke struck out 12 hitters and Daniel Descalso blasted a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the White Sox to a 5-1 loss in front of 18,333 at Chase Field. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the White Sox, who had scored 24 runs in their final two games against the Seattle Mariners.

“(Greinke) keeps the ball down out of the zone a lot,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s kind of enticing. He keeps the ball in the hitter’s area and it ends up falling out. It’s one of those things that you’ve got to try to get him up. Our approach was to try to make him throw a lot of strikes. He ended up hammering the strike zone early and then finally he just came into a groove.”

Descalso’s three-run shot off Gonzalez was one of two pitches the White Sox right-hander would have liked back. After Gonzalez walked Chris Owings with two outs in the fourth inning, his only free pass of the night, he left the curveball over the middle and Descalso deposited it in the right-center field stands to break a scoreless tie.

He also left a pitch up to Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning and the All-Star first baseman ripped it for a solo shot.

But overall Gonzalez rebounded from his previous two starts when he walked nine batters. He was sharp for three innings as he faced one over the minimum. He just missed to Owings in the fourth, which brought up Descalso.

Gonzalez allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five innings.

“You see what happens when you walk guys,” Gonzalez said. “That wasn’t in a good situation to walk the guy. You have to keep grinding, keep making my pitches. Really two pitches were the ones that hurt me tonight. A lot of positives. Nothing to worry about. Keep working hard and things are going to go my way.

“Sometimes things don’t go your way. Those two pitches, if I take those back, you never know. It’s a different ballgame.”

Not only did Greinke strike out a dozen hitters, he limited the White Sox to four hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez had two hits, the first coming after Greinke opened the game by retiring seven straight batters. Leury Garcia homered off Greinke with one out in the fifth inning to break up his bid for a shutout.

It was quite the turnaround from when the White Sox bashed Yovani Gallardo and Chris Heston on consecutive days in Seattle. The White Sox scored a combined nine first-inning runs in winning three of four against the Mariners.