SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Danny Hayes' three-run double fueled a four-run first inning Thursday for the Chicago White Sox, who hung on to defeat the San Francisco Giants, 8-6, in a Cactus League exhibition.Though all the runs in Chicago's first-inning outburst against Giants starter Matt Moore were earned, a pair of
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Danny Hayes' three-run double fueled a four-run first inning Thursday for the Chicago White Sox, who hung on to defeat the San Francisco Giants, 8-6, in a Cactus League exhibition.
Though all the runs in Chicago's first-inning outburst against Giants starter Matt Moore were earned, a pair of errors by Minor League center fielder Steven Duggar abetted the scoring.
Duggar bobbled ex-Giant Melky Cabrera's ground-ball single that drove in Chicago's first run. That enabled Cabrera and Tim Anderson to advance an extra base. One out later, Rymer Liriano walked to load the bases, setting up Hayes' bases-clearing hit. Duggar also mishandled that ball, and though Hayes received credit for three RBIs, the fumble guaranteed that Liriano would cross the plate. In all, San Francisco was charged with six fielding errors.
However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy cited a factor that annoyed him more than the errors. "We were 2-for-13 [actually, 2-for-15] with runners in scoring position. That was the difference," Bochy said.
The Giants rallied after White Sox starter Derek Holland worked two scoreless innings. Duggar atoned for his defensive lapses by contributing an RBI single to a two-run fourth inning. C.J. Hinojosa's two-run double and a run-scoring error generated the Giants' three-run sixth inning. That wasn't enough for San Francisco, as Anderson's two-run, fifth-inning homer and Yoan Moncada's sixth-inning RBI single cushioned Chicago's advantage.
White Sox Up Next:Dylan Covey, a Rule 5 addition for the White Sox, gets the start Friday night as the White Sox travel to Peoria to take on San Diego with a 7:40 CT first pitch. Tyler Danish, Michael Ynoa and Spencer Adams also are expected to throw, and Jose Abreu is expected to be back in the lineup.
Giants Up Next: On Friday at 12:05 p.m. PT, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to make his second appearance against Oakland in as many Cactus League starts. In one inning Monday, Samardzija surrendered two runs and three hits, including Matt Joyce's home run. Chris Stratton, a contender for the fifth starter's vacancy, also is expected to pitch.
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