Diamondbacks 6, White Sox 4: Conor Gillaspie showing improvement
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter March 8, 2014 9:06PM
Updated: April 10, 2014 7:02AM
Good comes from bad
Jose Quintana left after two batters when he was hit by a line drive, giving right-hander Andre Rienzo an extended workday. Rienzo gave up a run and two hits, but this is what caught manager Robin Ventura’s eye: five strikeouts, no walks. “That’s probably as good as I’ve seen him since he first came up [last season],’’ Ventura said.
Third baseman Conor Gillaspie extended his hitting streak to five games and made a diving stop to preserve a perfect inning for right-hander Mitchell Boggs. ‘‘Conor has improved a lot in a lot of areas,’’ Ventura said. “He’s just in a better spot this year confidence-wise, knowledge-wise on what he needs to do to play, offensively and defensively.’’
Second baseman Carlos Sanchez has had a better spring than last year, when he was commanding more attention. Sanchez had two hits, including a double. ‘‘He’s a really good player. He’s going to get better as time goes on,’’ Ventura said. Alexei Ramirez (triple) and Jordan Danks (batting .375) also had two hits and an RBI each.
White Sox vs. Athletics, Phoenix, 3:05, mlb.com (audio), Erik Johnson vs. Yovani Gallardo. Right-hander Daniel Webb, who missed a week because of a death in his family, will make his first appearance.