GLENDALE, Ariz. --Tyler Skaggs' first 2017 Cactus League appearance was a bit erratic during the White Sox 10-2 victory over the Angels on Saturday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.The southpaw started and lasted only two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs while walking four. He walked Jose Abreu, Cody Asche and
GLENDALE, Ariz. --Tyler Skaggs' first 2017 Cactus League appearance was a bit erratic during the White Sox 10-2 victory over the Angels on Saturday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.
The southpaw started and lasted only two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs while walking four. He walked Jose Abreu, Cody Asche and Yolmer Sanchez consecutively to force in a run with two outs in the first, and Kevan Smith followed with a two-run single to left. In fairness to Skaggs, the inning should have been over without a run scoring, but Yunel Escobar's two-out throwing error on Melky Cabrera's grounder extended the frame.
"You can't let that throw you off," Skaggs said of the defensive miscue. "I'm not going to make an excuse for myself, but definitely the wheels fell off after that for me, personally."
A second Angels error contributed to another big inning for Chicago in the eighth, when Peter Bourjos tripled home a run then scored on an errant throw by center fielder Michael Hermosillo. Eddy Alvarez followed Bourjos with an inside-the-park home run of his own off the left-field fence for the ninth White Sox run.
Lucas Giolito's second start for the White Sox had a little bit more rhythm and flow than the first against the Cubs on Monday. The big right-hander struck out three and yielded one hit over three innings.
"You get more into a groove of the speed of the game pitching," said Giolito of his second start. "First time out is like getting on a bike after not riding one for a while. You can still do it, but you have to get back in the rhythm.
"Just going out there and competing, trusting my stuff, throwing the two-seamer down and mixing changeups and curveballs. I would have liked to throw the curveball more for a strike, but that's why it's Spring Training. A lot more to work on. Everything felt really good."
White Sox relievers Nate Jones and Player Page for David Robertson made their last appearance before joining Team USA for the World Baseball Classic, pitching a scoreless frame each.
Jacob May had three hits, including a triple and a run scored for the White Sox, while Smith and Leury Garcia had two hits. Danny Hayes added a two-run home run in the seventh. The Angels lost for the first time in Cactus League play after seven straight wins. The White Sox have won five straight.
Angels: Right-hander Garrett Richards, who is coming off stem-cell therapy to treat a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, will make his spring debut Sunday when the Angels host the Reds at Tempe Diablo Stadium. First pitch is at 12:10 p.m. PT, and game will air on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio.
White Sox: White Sox fans will get a double dose of prospects on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., when Reynaldo Lopez and Michael Kopech face the D-backs on the road. Lopez gets the start at 2:05 p.m. CT, with Kopech set to follow him him to the mound. Lopez and Kopech both started this past Tuesday during split-squad action. The game will be broadcast on Gameday Audio.
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