Sox starting pitchers’ hitless streak intact
By Daryl Van Schouwen email@example.com March 3, 2011 9:38PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s not exactly Buehrle-Garland-Garcia-Contreras, but spring training is all about baby steps. And baby streaks.
John Danks’ hitless, two-inning outing marked the fourth in a row for a White Sox starting pitcher in as many Cactus League games. Sox starters fed off each other when they posted four consecutive complete-game victories in the 2005 American League Championshp Series, and the 2011 group is doing the same to keep each other motivated.
‘‘They made sure all morning to let me know the starters haven’t given up a hit,’’ said Danks, who walked two and struck out one in the Sox’ 6-1 victory Thursday against the Seattle Mariners, their first triumph after three losses. ‘‘It’s fun. We talked before how we all kind of push each other as a group, and that’s an example.’’
Danks said he was mildly surprised with the life on his fastball and attributed the walks to overthrowing. Pitching coach Don Cooper needled him about the walks.
‘‘He reminded me that ain’t going to fly,’’ Danks said.
A win’s a win
Victories don’t mean much during spring training, but falling to 0-4 would have put an unwanted spotlight on the Sox, who started a couple of days later than most teams.
‘‘When the expectation is high in spring training, that’s overrated,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said. ‘‘But when you win, you feel better. We’ve been playing good baseball here.’’
Miguel Socolovich (four strikeouts) and Jhonny Nunez (three) each pitched two scoreless innings in a B game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shane Lindsay fanned two in one inning. Shortstop prospect Eduardo Escobar had a single, a double, a stolen base and a run scored. The game finished in a 3-3 tie.
† Paul Konerko’s rare standup triple (he has eight triples in his career) and Adam Dunn (two stolen bases in the last three seasons) drawing a check-the-runner throw to first got big reactions in the Sox’ dugout. Teammates gave Konerko a standing ovation.