It was split squad Thursday for the Pale Hose today in Cactus League play.
A lineup comprised of Juan Pierre, Gordon Beckham, Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Carlos Quentin, A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez and Brent Morel was shut out 4-0 by the Brewers in Maryvale on a mere five hits. And perhaps the most disappointing results of all were Quentin’s 0 for 4, which gives him a woeful .167 spring batting average, and another subpar effort by Edwin Jackson, who gave up all four runs on nine hits in five innings on the mound. Give credit where credit is due–he did strike out seven.
A lineup led by Lastings Milledge (3 for 5 with two homers and three RBIs), Ramon Castro (a hit and two RBIs), Jordan Danks (a double and two RBIs), Paul Konerko (three hits and an RBI) and Gookie Dawkins (a two-run homer in the ninth) pounded out 16 hits in a 12-6 victory over the Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
When the lineups were revealed before the game, I don’t think there’s any question most would have thought the Maryvale lineup would have been the group most likely to score a dozen runs and the Talking Stick contingent would be the team more likely to get shut out. I guess that’s baseball.
The Sox are back at Camelback Ranch tomorrow vs. the A’s.