Thursday, March 8, 2012
Adam Dunn homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the White Sox gave manager Robin Ventura his first win of the Cactus League with a 6-3 victory at Texas this afternoon in Surprise. After Gavin Floyd started the morning’s B Game against the Rangers, lefty Hector Santiago (0 ER/2.0 IP, 3 SO) started the marquee for the Sox.
“The kids got it done on the mound,” bullpen coach Juan Nieves said as the Sox left the field.
“He’s (Santiago) a bulldog when he goes in there,” said Ventura. “He doesn’t back down.”
Brent Morel also had two hits for the Sox, one a line drive to right field, his second opposite field hit of the spring.
“Nice to see them swinging like that and piecing them together,” Ventura said postgame, pointing out the quality at bats by Morel, Dunn and Gordon Beckham.
Dunn’s double and home run drew praise.
“They were right on the barrel,” Ventura said. “You can tell he’s seeing it and is confident at the plate, and that’s all I’m really looking for right now, positive Abs when he goes up there. He’s in a great spot right now.”
With the victory, the Sox are now 1-3 on the spring.
“It’s good to get wins just for the psyche of guys,” Ventura said. “It’s nice to walk off the field shaking hands, but most of the guys you want to see it are already driving home.”
When Ventura managed his first game on Monday, one jokester questioned how long it had been since the veteran player-turned manager had seen the ninth inning of a spring training game. Probably 1989?
The Sox face the Chicago Cubs tomorrow in a 1:05 pm game in Glendale. Chris Sale starts for the White Sox, and fans can see the game on WGN-TV or listen on WSCR 670 am.
Outfielder Brandon Short suffered a slight separation of his left shoulder when he crashed into the center field fence trying to make the catch. Trainer Herm Schneider was taking Short back to Glendale for an MRI as the game ended. Pitcher Duente Heath avoided serious injury when a line drive back through the box ricocheted into center field but left him with only a contusion (still had to hurt, though).