Sox Get Late-Inning Win on Wednesday
The White Sox picked-up their third win of the spring on Wednesday (3-8), and did so with some late-inning magic by a former Knights player.
Facing the LA Angels of Anaheim — one of the more high profile teams of the offseason (signed Albert Pujols, CJ. Wilson, and others), the Sox beat the Angels by a score of 9-7.
Infielder Eduardo Escobar (2011 Knights) ripped a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning, –which proved to be the game-winning hit.
Tyler Flowers (2009-11 w/Knights)
Flowers launched his second home run of the spring on Wednesday and finished the game by going 1-3 at the plate. Currently, the Georgia native is hitting .176 this spring, but his two home runs are tied with Adam Dunn for the most on the squad.
A 26-year-old backstop, who has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Knights, Flowers has averaged 15 home runs a year over that time. His best offensive season came in 2007, when he hit 17 home runs and drove-in 88 RBIs for Single-A Carolina.
Acquired by the Sox from the Braves in 2008, Flowers has also shown he can be a good defensive catcher. Last season with Charlotte, he posted a career-best .995 fielding percentage.
Flowers and Dunn are each tied with two home runs. Dunn, who went 1-2 on Wednesday, launched his second home run of the spring in the sixth inning of the game.
Brent Lillibridge (2009-10 w/Knights)
Acquired in the same trade that sent Flowers to the Sox, Lillibridge has been equally as impressive this spring. The 28-year-old went 3-4 with a run and RBI in Wednesday’s game. He’s currently hitting .421 for the Sox.
Molina earned his first win of the spring season after tossing two scoreless frames. The native of Venezuela allowed two hits and two walks while fanning two batters. Molina, who was acquired this offseason in a trade with the Blue Jays, is ranked as Chicago’s second best prospect (Baseball America).