Sox Spring Game #5
After winning their first spring game of the season on Thursday, the Sox were looking to make it two-in-a-row on Friday, and would have to do so against their cross-town rivals — the Cubs.
In the battle of Chicago, which took place in Arizona, the Cubs came out on top — beating the White Sox by a score of 5-1. Former Knights pitcher Chris Sale started for the Sox and allowed three runs in the first two innings. Sale, 22, went three innings in all, and finished with a line of:
3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from the day’s action:
Alejandro De Aza (2010-11 Knights)
De Aza started in center field for the Sox on Friday and immediately made an impact in Friday’s game. De Aza, 27, led-off the game with a bunt single, and a heads-up play moved him over to second base — putting the tying run in scoring position in the first for the Sox. Two batters later, De Aza scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Alex Rios — it was the only run of the game for the Sox.
The Dominican native will be looked at to be the club’s table-setter this season. De Aza, who swiped 12 bases for Chicago in 54 games last season, should be entrenched in that leadoff spot come Opening Day.
Last season, De Aza led the International League with an impressive .322 batting average. He also hit nine home runs, drove-in 37 runs, and swiped 22 bases, while with the Knights. His solid season in Charlotte led to a Major League promotion, where he excelled with the Sox. He hit .329 with four home runs for Chicago.
Nestor Molina improved in his second outing of the spring season. Molina fanned two batters and allowed just one hit over two shutut frames. Molina, who was acquired in the deal that sent Sergio Santos to Toronto, is ranked as Chicago’s second-best prospect (Baseball America).
Dayan Viciedo went 1-3 on the afternoon. Viciedo is now 2-9 with a double, a run, and a walk this spring.
Brandon Short was lost for the season after test results revealed a dislocated left shoulder and a torn labrum. Short, who spent the 2011 season with Double-A Birmingham, suffered the injury on Thursday when he crashed into an outfield wall.
The 23-year-old was solid last season for the Barons — hitting .262 with 13 home runs and 60 RBIs. The young outfielder also stole a career-best 21 bags.