Sox Shutout Seattle Saturday…

The Sox took a step in the right direction on Saturday and got a solid outing from one of their top pitchers. Jake Peavy tossed five no-hit innings, Eduardo Escobar ripped a three-run home run, and Chicago beat Seattle by a score of 5-0 on Saturday at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.

Let’s take a look at the highlights:

Eduardo Escobar (2011 w/Knights)
Escobar continues to shine this spring. The Venezuelan shortstop, who is known for his stellar defense, has made a solid impression thus far with his bat. Saturday’s game was a perfect example.

The 23-year-old started at shortstop on Saturday and went 2-3 at the plate with a three-run home run. In 11 games, Escobar is hitting .429 (9-21) with one home run, six RBIs, and two stolen bases. His six RBIs ties him with Adam Dunn for the team lead.

It will be interesting to see what the Sox do with Escobar. A slick-fielding shortstop, he can also play second and third base and can provide solid insurance for the Sox this season. He spent the 2011 campaign with the Knights, before earning his first call-up to the Majors in September.

Nate Jones
A native of Covington, KY, Jones, 26, has a 3.38 ERA in five games out of the bullpen this spring. On Saturday, he threw a scoreless inning and struck-out two Seattle hitters.

Jones spent the entire 2011 season with Double-A Birmingham and went 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 42 appearances. He also led the Barons with 12 saves.

Brent Lillibridge went 1-3 with two runs scored on Saturday. The former Knights infielder is hitting .346 this spring. He also stole his team-high third base.

Addison Reed (2011 w/Knights)
Reed went from Single-A to the Majors in 2011, and now, the 23-year-old is looking to stick with the Sox. So far this spring, Reed has given Chicago a good reason to break camp with the club.

On Saturday, Reed allowed just one hit and one walk over 1.1 scoreless innings. He struck-out two batters and now has a 2.08 ERA in four appearances (4.1 IP).

Former Knights of Note:

Scott Podsednik (1998, 2005, 2007, & 2009 w/Charlotte)
Podsednik is in camp with the Philadelphia Phillies this spring. The 35-year-old Major League veteran is looking to break camp with the Phils, and so far, he’s made a strong case.

On Saturday in Philadelphia’s 4- 3 win over Toronto, Podsednik went 1-1 at the plate with two runs, a walk, and a stolen base. The speedy outfielder currently has five stolen bases.

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