GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Home runs were the name of the game during a 9-9 tie between the Padres and White Sox on Wednesday in the final game at Camelback Ranch this spring. The White Sox Jake Peter hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth that knotted the
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Home runs were the name of the game during a 9-9 tie between the Padres and White Sox on Wednesday in the final game at Camelback Ranch this spring. The White Sox Jake Peter hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth that knotted the score. It was the eighth dinger of the afternoon.
Hitters took good cuts on both sides, but the fly balls were aided by a strong wind and the warm, dry Arizona air. William Myers launched a mammoth two-run homer to center in the first off of White Sox starter Dylan Covey, but he slammed the bat to the ground when he made contact thinking it was a fly ball. The teams combined for seven of the eight home runs in the first four innings.
"The ball was flying out," Padres manager Andy Green said. "It was definitely carrying today."
Austin Hedges, the Padres starting catcher, hit two homers, while Erick Aybar also went deep for San Diego. Tyler Saladino homered to lead off for the White Sox, while Jose Abreu and Nicky Delmonico also cleared the fences. Delmonico has five home runs and Saladino has four this spring. Abreu had three RBIs in the game.
Covey, who appears to be in the mix for the White Sox fifth starter's slot, threw only one inning and was scheduled to do so. Anthony Swarzak, also in the mix at No. 5 in place of Carlos Rodon, who will start the season on the disabled list, gave up one run in his two innings of work.
Jhoulys Chacin, the Padres' Opening Day starter, struggled in his final tuneup. He yielded six runs on eight hits over three innings, striking out two and walking two.
"Not the best way to finish your Spring Training," Chacin said. "But I feel like I made better pitches in the second and third innings. Just forget about today. … I'm not too worried about it."
Things got wacky in the bottom of the ninth when Padres reliever Hung-Chih Kuo -- who last pitched in the Majors in 2011 -- loaded the bases, prompting Green to shift to a five-man infield. But Kuo would render his infielders moot. In his second appearance for the big league club since signing a Minors deal earlier in camp, he ended the game by striking out the final two hitters.
Padres Up Next:Clayton Richard will start the Padres' final Cactus League game on Thursday, when the Rockies head to Peoria, Ariz., for a 12:10 p.m. PT first pitch on MLB.TV. Carter Capps, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will begin the season on the disabled list, is also slated to make his second appearance of the spring.
White Sox Up Next: The White Sox will be back in Chicago for Thursday's scheduled off-day and then travel to Milwaukee for an exhibition game on Friday with a first pitch of 7:10 p.m. CT. The game can be heard on Gameday Audio. James Shields, who is the White Sox Game 2 starter on Wednesday, gets the start.
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