Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers down Boston Red Sox in spring training games
PHOENIX (AP) — Dylan Cease said it was probably the best he had ever commanded his fastball.
Not bad at all for a spring training game in March.
Cease pitched four sharp innings for the Chicago White Sox in a 5-1 win against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2 righthander allowed one run on Keston Hiura’s long homer in his final inning and three hits in his second exhibition start.
“Really for most of the spring my fastball command’s good, so I think it’s just a continuation of the process of working on it,” Cease said.
The White Sox are hoping Cease becomes a regular in their rotation this season. Cease, who was acquired in the July 2017 trade that sent Jose Quintana to the crosstown Cubs, made his major league debut July 3 and went 4-7 with a 5.79 ERA in 14 starts.
The 24-year-old Cease ran his fastball into the upper-90s against Milwaukee. He struck out the side in the second, including punchouts of veterans Avisaiol Garcia and Jedd Gyorko.
Cease said it was a hanging curveball that Hiura crushed to straightaway center field.
Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff pitched three effective innings in his third spring start, allowing an unearned run and three hits. He went 11-3 last year with a 3.62 ERA in 22 starts.
Tigers 13, Red Sox 9
Detroit scored five runs in the first off Jeffrey Springs on C.J. Cron’s three-run homer and Frank Schwindel’s two-run drive. Schwindel added another two-run homer against Heath Hembree, and Niko Goodrum hit a solo shot.
Ivan Nova gave up five runs and seven hits in three innings, including J.D. Martinez’s three-run homer in the first.
Jackie Bradley Jr. went 3 for 3 with a solo home run and a double, raising his average to .412 in 17 at-bats. Top prospect Jeter Downs had two hits and an RBI.