Sox Saturday Spring Split

On Saturday, the White Sox won a game, and lost a game.

Saturday’s split squad faced the Texas Rangers in the afternoon — winning by a score of 3-2. Later in the day, the White Sox faced the Los Angeles Dodgers and lost by a score of 10-6.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from both contests:

Eduardo Escobar (2011 Knights)
He may be known as a defensive specialist, but Escobar showed some pop on Saturday. Starting at third base in the game against the Rangers, Escobar went 2-3 at the plate. He’s hitting .273 (3-11) so far this spring in five games played.

Escobar, 23, appeared in 137 games with the Charlotte Knights in 2011. The Venezuelan native, who hit .266 with Charlotte, is ranked by Baseball America as the best defensive infielder in the White Sox organization.

On September 2 of last season, Escobar made his Major League debut for Chicago. In seven at-bats over nine games, Escobar went 2-7 at the dish.

Tyler Flowers (2009-11 Knights)
Flowers, a member of Chicago’s 40-man roster, is continuing to bloom this spring. The 26-year-old backstop launched his first home run of the spring on Saturday in the club’s 10-6 loss to the Dodgers. The Georgia native finished the game 1-4 withe the home run and three RBIs.

Brent Morel (2010 Knights)
Morel continues to just rake this spring. The former Knights infielder upped his spring batting average to a remarkable .533 on Saturday after ripping three hits. So far this spring, Morel, 24, is 8-15 with a double, run, and RBI.

Other News and Notes from Saturday: Non-roster invitees

Brian Bruney picked-up the win in the game against the Rangers. Bruney, struck-out one batter over a scoreless frame to improve to 1-0 this spring. Knights fans will remember Bruney from last season when he posted a 1-0 mark with seven saves and an impressive 1.31 ERA over 19 games. The 30-year-old righty has spent parts of the past eight seasons in the Majors and has a career Major League record of 18-12 with 13 saves and a 4.70 ERA.

Leyson Septimo made his first appearance this spring on Saturday. Septimo, a non-roster invitee to Sox camp, struck out one batter over 1.2 scoreless innings in Saturday’s game against the Rangers. A former outfielder, who was converted to pitching after the 2007 season, Septimo, 26, was claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks back in June. He appeared in 22 games for Birmingham — posting a 2-1 mark with a 4.10 ERA.

Another non-roster invitee, who is also a left-handed reliever, is Eric Stults, who tossed two scoreless innings in Chicago’s 3-2 win over the Rangers. Stults, who was signed as a Minor League free agent this offseason, has not allowed a run in two appearances this spring (3 IP). The 32-year-old lefty appeared in 52 games (4-4, 4.63) with Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2011. He also made six appearances with the Colorado Rockies last season (0-0, 6.00).

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