Adam Dunn’s two-run shot highlights White Sox’ 2-2 tie
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org February 24, 2013 5:46PM
Chicago White Sox's Adam Dunn, right, is congratulated by Alex Rios (51) after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game in Glendale, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Updated: February 24, 2013 11:00PM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning in the White Sox’ Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that was called with the score tied 2-2 after nine innings.
With Alex Rios on third with a triple, Dunn homered against Peter Moylan, an opposite field shot to left. It was his first homer of the spring for the Sox, who won their opener 9-0 against the Dodgers on Saturday.
“[It was good to] kind of get some stuff going,’’ Dunn said. “I just happened to go 3-2 [in the count] and that last at-bat I was just going to try to get a pitch and the location I was looking to swing at it.”
A day after Tyler Flowers homered in the Sox opener, manager Robin Ventura was glad to see Dunn get his first out of the way early.
“You know, it’s nice to get those,’’ Ventura said. “If it lingers on too much, not having good at-bats, you are starting off battling from the negative. It’s nice for everybody to kind of get on the board and have a good at-bat. It feels nice to end your day that way too.’’
Dunn was also happy to see quick results from a minor adjustment he’s made in his swing.
“There’s one little mechanical thing I wanted to work on, and I didn’t know how long it was going to take me this spring,’’ he said. “I knew we had an extended spring. But actually I’m able to carry it over from the cage to the game so far. That’s a positive.”
Erik Johnson pitched three innings as the Sox starter, allowing one run.