The White Sox certainly didn’t distinguish themselves today in their spring finale at Camelback Ranch.
The confluence of events during the lopsided 9-1 loss to the Reds doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that this is the team favored to win the A.L. Central.
–Perhaps most troubling was Will Ohman‘s continuing spring habit of giving up the long ball. I believe today was the third time in recent games he was tagged for a homer. Today, he coughed up a three-run homer to the immortal Brian Barton.
—Alexei Ramirez was scratched from the starting lineup due to lower back discomfort. According to the Missle, it doesn’t seem to be serious.
–Future Hall of Famer Omar Vizquel, usually flawless in the field, committed two errors, one on a grounder, one on a throw.
–Speaking of giving up homers, John Danks surrendered his fourth of the spring today, a three-run blast to his good friend Drew Stubbs. He gave up four runs, four hits and two walks in five innings as he took the loss in his last spring start.
—Brent Lillibridge had the lone RBI and all nine Sox hits were singles.
The Sox leave Arizona tomorrow after facing the Royals in Surprise. It’s off to Winston-Salem to play their Class A club there on Wednesday, an off-day on Thursday and Opening Day in Cleveland on Friday.
Now 11-19-1, I’m ready for the regular season.