GLENDALE, AZ – The Chicago White Sox (7-6) beat the Los Angeles Dodgers (9-3) on the strength of a two home run afternoon for third-baseman Matt Davidson, including a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning on Tuesday afternoon.
On a day in which White Sox designated hitter, and back-up first-baseman Adam LaRoche called it a career, Davidson made an early case to claim the roster spot vacated by LaRoche when the team breaks camp, by going 2-2 with 2 home runs, and four RBI.
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In the top of the second inning Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier hit a two-run home run to left field, driving in fellow outfielder Scott Van Slyke, and giving the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead over the White Sox.
Enrique Hernandez hit his first home run of the spring in the top of the third inning, a solo shot to left field giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Jose Quintana pitched 4 innings on the afternoon, giving up three runs, on three hits.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the White Sox got on the board with a pair of RBI singles by J.B. Shuck, and Adam Eaton off of Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, and cut the Dodgers lead to just one after four innings. J.B. Shuck tied the game at three a piece when he reached on a throwing error in the bottom of the sixth inning, allowing Austin Jackson to score on the play.
In the bottom of the seventh inning Matt Davidson hit a two-run home run to left field, giving the White Sox their first lead of the afternoon at 5-3. In the top of the eighth inning Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes hit a two-run home run of his own, driving in Joc Pederson, and tying the game 5-5.
White Sox outfielder Jason Coats continued the home run derby in the home half of the 8th, his third home run of the spring. The White Sox led the Dodgers 6-5 heading into the ninth inning.
If you were to guess that the Dodgers would hit a home run in the ninth inning to tie the game, you would be correct as Rob Segedin drove a solo home run over the center field wall at Camelback Ranch tying the game at six.
In the bottom of the ninth inning Travis Ishikawa doubled on a line drive to right field off of Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright, putting the winning run in scoring position. The very next at-bat, Matt Davidson hit a walk-off two run homer over to left field, the seventh home run of the game for both teams, giving the White Sox an 8-6 win on Tuesday afternoon in Glendale.