GLENDALE, Ariz. — Making his first Cactus League start a day after lashing out at team vice president Ken Williams, ace Chris Sale gave up a homer to Alex Guerrero but allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in the White Sox’ 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday.
Sale threw only a handful of breaking balls, working his way through 85 pitches with mostly fastballs and changeups and striking out three Dodgers.
“We were trying to get a feel for commanding the strike zone, throwing get-ahead strikes, stuff like that,’’ Sale said. “I was really working on fastball command, it was a little shaky but it worked out well.’’
Sale, who has worked on his move to first this spring, picked Enrique Hernandez off first. Dodgers three-time Cy Young lefty Clayton Kershaw also gave up two runs on six hits, over five innings.
Shortstop Tyler Saladino drove in three runs, one with a hot shot that ricocheted off Kershaw for an infield single, and two with a tiebreaking homer, his third long ball of the spring and the 27th for the Sox (9-7-1) in 17 games.
Saladino, who projects as a utility infielder and the backup or time-share shortstop with Jimmy Rollins, is batting .278 and has been steady and slick afield. A crowd of 13,203, the third consecutive sellout crowd at Camelback Ranch, was the Sox’ largest of the spring.
Zach Putnam and Tommy Kahnle (two strikeouts) each pitched a perfect inning for a bullpen continuing to have a good March. David Robertson, Nate Jones, Matt Albers and Zach Duke haven’t allowed a run yet.
Sox at Athletics, Mesa, 3:05, CSN, Jacob Turner vs. Sean Manaea. Jose Quintana, Robertson and Jones will throw on the backfields as the Sox avoid showing their pitchers to the A’s, their Opening Day opponent.
Daryl Van Schouwen