Bullpen effort key as White Sox rally to tie Rangers

Lefty prospect Rodon pitches into third inning in second spring outing

Bullpen effort key as White Sox rally to tie Rangers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Rangers may or may not have heard about Carlos Rodon's status as one of Major League Baseball's top prospects and a burgeoning force in the White Sox rotation in the not-too-distant future. But they didn't seem overly bothered by Rodon's pedigree during the first inning of Wednesday's Cactus League contest at Camelback Ranch.

Texas knocked out four hits in the opening frame against Rodon, forcing the left-hander to throw 30 pitches. The Rangers scored three times, with Prince Fielder and Joey Gallo, a top third-base prospect, picking up run-scoring singles in an eventual 4-4 tie between the clubs.

To Rodon's credit, he settled down after the first and worked 2 1/3 innings in total. The southpaw threw 42 pitches, with 26 for strikes, striking out one and walking one.

"They were swinging the bats good and they got good swings on him," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "There are going to be times that happens. Glad it's here, he can move off from it. He came back and battled the next inning and the one after that. I liked the way he goes back after it." 

Yovani Gallardo started the "B" game for Texas earlier in the day against the White Sox. Alec Asher took Gallardo's spot in the Cactus League game and allowed one run on two hits over two innings, while fanning one.

Leonys Martin and Ryan Rua had two hits apiece for the Rangers, while Conor Gillaspie added two hits for the White Sox. Javy Guerra, Daniel Webb, Zach Duke, Dan Jennings and Jake Petricka threw one scoreless inning apiece for Chicago in relief.

Andy LaRoche tied the game in the eighth inning with a double to left field to score Courtney Hawkins.

Up next: The first of two White Sox split-squad days during Spring Training takes place on Thursday, with the White Sox playing at Surprise against Texas in the afternoon (3:05 p.m. CT) and then hosting the Giants in the evening (6:05 p.m. CT) at Camelback Ranch. Both games can be followed via Gameday. Hard-throwing rookie Frankie Montas gets the start in Surprise, while Hector Noesi takes the mound for the White Sox against the Giants and Madison Bumgarner. Actor/comedian Will Ferrell will play for the White Sox vs. the Giants as part of a charity endeavor.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.