SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The White Sox earned a split in their two games Thursday, beating the Rockies 12-6 while falling 4-0 to the Brewers. The victory not only included two home runs from Lastings Milledge, minor-leaguer Gookie Dawkins got into the act with a home run of his own.
The good: Milledge put himself in solid position to land the club’s open backup outfield spot with his two home runs and three hits on the day. He now has four home runs his spring in 11 games after hitting four in 113 games for the Pirates last season. Mark Teahen is now getting it done with his glove, starting a 5-4-3 double play after going to his knees to stop a hard smash down the third-base line. Paul Konerko went 3-for-4.
The bad: Poor C.J. Retherford, a White Sox minor leaguer who got a chance to play in a big league game in front of bench coach Joey Cora and didn’t have the best of days. Cora was the acting manager in the split-squad contest. Immediately upon entering the game, Retherford couldn’t backhand a hard smash as it hopped over his glove. He then made a fielding error on a bouncing ball in the seventh inning. He was able to finish off his day with the dreaded bloop double to no-man’s land in shallow left-center.
Beyond the box score: Right-hander Shane Lindsay, who was in the battle for an open spot in the bullpen, was roughed up for the first time this spring. The Rockies’ Michael McKendry, who was just sent down earlier in the week, hit a towering three-run home run to center. That was followed by a walk and a hard-hit single past SS Omar Vizquel.
Up next: John Danks will face the A’s in a 6:05 p.m. CST start at Camelback Ranch. The late start coincides with the inaugural “Way Out West Chicago Fest,” that includes a postgame Blues Brothers tribute band and a Q&A with Bill Melton, Don Cooper and Greg Walker, among other activities.