Giants pile on runs early, allow Sox to rally for tie
Bumgarner tosses two shutout innings; Gillespie, Pill hit two-run doubles
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox scored seven runs in Monday's eighth inning, highlighting a comeback from a nine-run deficit and propelling them to a 9-9 Cactus League tie with the Giants.
San Francisco amassed five extra-base hits while scoring all of its runs in the second and third innings. Then it was the White Sox turn to thrive.
Jared Mitchell's two-run triple in the sixth inning began Chicago's scoring, which resumed in the eighth as Josh Phegley's RBI single launched the rally. After Blake Tekotte drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run, Giants manager Bruce Bochy summoned his son, right-hander Brett Bochy, from the bullpen. But Chicago's rally continued as Josh Bell drilled a bases-loaded, ground-rule double and Seth Loman clobbered a three-run homer to tie the score.
"I put him in a tough spot, but he's a tough kid and he'll be fine," said the skipper.
For the Giants, Hunter Pence tripled to lead off a three-run second inning, and Pablo Sandoval continued his hot hitting by doubling to open a six-run third. Non-roster invitee Cole Gillespie, bidding for a reserve outfield spot, doubled and scored in each of the two innings. His third-inning hit drove in two runs. Brett Pill also had a two-run double in the third.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner yielded two hits in two innings. The left-hander escaped a first-inning threat when shortstop Joaquin Arias speared Dayan Viciedo's line drive with two on and two out.
White Sox starter Hector Santiago surrendered three runs and five hits in two innings.
Up next for the Giants: Tim Lincecum's return to the starting rotation will become official Tuesday, when he faces the Dodgers in Glendale. Ariz., at 12:05 p.m. PT in an exclusive webcast. Lincecum made five relief appearances in six postseason outings last year and actually excelled out of the bullpen, so he's hoping to sustain the momentum he established. He believes that gaining 8-10 pounds during the offseason and recovering some lost strength will help him reverse the 10-15 regular-season record he posted last year.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.