Avisail Garcia homers, drives in a pair as the White Sox win 6-1
GLENDALE, AZ – The Chicago White Sox continued Cactus League play this afternoon as they matched-up with the San Diego Padres at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Wednesday afternoon. John Danks got the start for the White Sox, opposed by Padres starter Drew Pomeranz.
Danks was looking to build upon his dominant performance from last Friday versus the Cubs, where he threw five scoreless innings, while striking out seven Cubs hitters.
Danks did just that, pitching six scoreless innings against the Padres, striking out six batters while walking just one.
Drew Pomeranz held the White Sox in check until the bottom of the fourth inning when he allowed a solo shot to left field off the bat of Avisail Garcia. Garcia’s third home run of the spring put the White Sox up 1-0, and showed us all that his wrist is going to be just fine.
David Robertson tossed a 1-2-3 top half of the fifth inning for the White Sox, striking out one hitter in the inning. Brett Lawrie pushed the White Sox lead to 2-0 in the home half of the fifth with an RBI single to center-field, scoring shortstop Tyler Saladino. Lawrie then scored on an RBI single by right-fielder Avisail Garcia, his second RBI of the day. The White Sox led 3-0 after five innings in Glendale.
In the bottom of the seventh inning second baseman Cleuluis Rondon watched a wild pitch by Casey Janssen travel to the back stop, plating J.B. Shuck, and extending the White Sox lead to 4-0. Rondon then beat out an infield single on a bunt, scoring Carlos Sanchez from third base extending the White Sox lead to 5-0.
The San Diego Padres finally got on the board in the top of the eighth inning when catcher Austin Hedges plated Erik Kratz on a sacrifice fly to right-fielder Jason Coats cutting the White Sox lead down to 5-1.
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White Sox top prospect Tim Anderson doubled on a line drive to left field, scoring catcher Hector Sanchez and increasing the White Sox lead to 6-1 heading into the top of the ninth inning.
Dan Jennings, and Phillippe Aumont retired the Padres in order in the top of the ninth inning to secure the White Sox 6-1 victory on the afternoon, giving the White Sox their fifth win in their last six games in Cactus League play.
- Avisail Garcia: 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, R
- John Danks: 6.0 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 6 K, 1 BB
- Tim Anderson: 1-1, 2B, RBI