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.


I’m heading to AZ tomorrow. Where is the best place/time to get autographs and meet the players before the games? Heading to Milwaukee and Cubs games on Wed and Friday. Can’t wait!!!

Today, Coop stopped and gave a couple of kids his autograph. I saw Kosuke (sp) give and interview and then some autographs. Best place is somewhere by the dugout and you can catch them coming our going. Hope the weather holds for you. A front is coming in tonight and it’s cooling off to the 60’s from todays 85. Good luck and have fun!

The game today was played in absolutely beautiful conditions. Too bad the Sox didn’t show up for the game. Best play I’ve seen in a long time today though had Gordon Beckman ( that’s the way the scoreboard spelled his name!) ranging far to his right past the bag and into short left center, picking up the slow roller and throwing out the runner at the plate. Great play! Gordon had two hits and also hung in and turned a slick 6-4-3. No Paulie, AJ, Alexei, or Rios though. Next week will be better, I hope…. Go Sox’12….j.k.

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