GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Jose Quintana gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks in three innings, and the White Sox lost their Cactus League finale to the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Wednesday.
The Sox were held to four hits, left-hander Zach Duke got scored on for the first time and Tyler Saladino got picked off second base in a somewhat flat finish to an otherwise favorable spring training for the Sox, who finished 15-13-1 to record a winning record for the first time since 2004.
“It just shows how they came together fairly early,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “Offensively we’ve swung the bats better than we have in the last couple years in spring training. It was also having better, more experienced minor league guys finishing games.’’
Saladino did finish with an accomplishment no one would have predicted, hitting his fifth homer to tie AAA third baseman Matt Davidson for the team lead. Before the game, he received props from Jimmy Rollins, who called him ‘Emanski’ for his textbook fundamentals at in the infield.
Right-handers Scott Carroll and Jacob Turner were optioned and outrighted, respectively, to AAA Charlotte, leaving 29 players in camp including outfield prospect Jacob May, right-hander Phillippe Aumont, catcher Hector Sanchez, first baseman Travis Ishikawa and outfielder Jerry Sands. Sands is the best bet to make the Opening Day roster.
Twenty Sox contributed to a spring training high 49 homers. Of the Sox’ starters, Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia and Jimmy Rollins each hit four, and Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie hit three. Abreu hit .393 with six doubles, Frazier .318 with 11 RBI, Garcia .333 with team-high 17 RBI, Dioner Navarro .346.
Closer David Robertson, pitching on consecutive days, recorded his sixth scoreless outing in as many appearances.
Carlos Rodon pitches six innings in a minor league game Thursday. Mat Latos starts Friday’s exhibition in San Diego and John Danks starts Saturday.