Game 1: Rockies 6, Sox 1
Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 4:15 pm
Well, It wasn’t 1-0
The Rockies handed the White Sox a 6-1 defeat today in the Cactus League opener for each team.
Jose Contreras and Jon Garland both pitched well for the Sox despite the loss.
"Last year in spring training, Jose couldn’t find the strike zone," said manager Ozzie Guillen. "Today, he threw the ball real good.
"Gar (Garland) looked like he was ready to go."
Worth a Laugh
The first two questions asked of Ozzie (tongue-in-cheek) after the loss was …
"Are you under fire? Is your job on the line?"
It Didn’t Take Long
After Rob Mackowiak led off with a single, Ozzie Guillen put the hit and run play on with Juan Uribe, the very next hitter. Uribe grounded out and Mackowiak moved up a base to second.
Catcher Chris Stewart made a strong throw to second to nab a would-be Colorado baserunner … Jerry Owens tripled to right center and scored the Sox lone run in the ninth inning.
The White Sox are close to signing Japanese pitcher Hideki Nomo to a Triple-A contract. If he does sign with the Sox, Nomo would be in minor-league camp, which begins on March 4.
The Sox play two, one at TEP against Arizona and the other at Colorado.
Owens, LF; Mackowiak, CF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Gload, 1B; Iguchi, 2B; Grieve, RF; Valido, SS; Vazquez, RHP.
Sweeney, LF; Ozuna, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Borchard, RF; Fields, 3B; Anderson, CF; Velandia, SS; Molina, C … Freddy Garcia will start.
Of course it had to drizzle/rain during our very first spring training game.
One Down …
Congrats to Chris Singleton, who finished his first game on the radio. After doing the open (lineups, etc.), Singleton fell onto the floor of the radio booth laughing as Ed Farmer, Brooks Boyer, Darrin Jackson and Bob Grim looked on applauding.