Sox Drop Opener
Monday, March 5, 2012
A five-run sixth inning propelled the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox in the Cactus League opener/spring training managerial debut of Sox skipper Robin Ventura.
“I don’t like losing,” Ventura said postgame. “I wish we won, but it’s good to get going and get guys out there. It’s never fun to lose games, but it’s spring training.”
Alexei Ramirez was 2-2 with an RBI and Dan Johnson added a two-run homer for the Sox. Philip Humber started and allowed one run in 2.0 IP. Ventura made his first trip to the mound in the sixth inning when he relieved pitcher Nestor Molina (L, 5 ER/1.1 IP).
“Lexei had a great day,” Ventura said. “Humber gave up the double — but he was locating, his velocity was fine – other than that, he was great.”
The coaching staff had to cheer in the Dodgers fourth inning when Kosuke Fukodome fielded a double off the wall, turned and fired a strike to cut-off man Gordon Beckham, whose throw nailed the runner at the plate to end the inning.
“Defensively, I liked what happened,” Ventura said. “You work on certain stuff. You see it happen out on the field, and you’re happy about it. The play from Kusuke to Gordon – stuff you work on that you’re happy to see they are getting it.”
Morning B Game
The White Sox beat the Indians, 5-2, in a 10 am “B” game at Goodyear.
The Sox scored three times in the fifth and two in the sixth … Ray Olmedo grounded into a RBI fielder’s choice in the fifth and Ozzie Martinez had a RBI groundout in the sixth … the other three runs scored via a wild pitch, passed ball and dropped third strike … Delwyn Young and Trayce Thompson each recorded doubles.
Sox Starter Jose Quintana allowed two runs on three hits with two strikeouts over 2.0 IP … the “bullpen” combined to work 7.0 scoreless IP with eight strikeouts … Jhan Marinez went 1.0 IP with three strikeouts … Simon Castro threw 2.0 scoreless IP with a strikeout and Deunte Heath struck out two in 1.0 IP.
OF Jose Martinez ended the game by throwing out a Cleveland runner at home plate from right field (double play).
The White Sox hit the road with a 1:05 p.m. game at Tempe against the Los Angeles Angels. John Danks takes the mound. The White Sox plan to take batting practice in Glendale before heading over to Tempe for the contest.