SAN DIEGO -- Jose Abreu launched his fifth home run of the spring on Friday night, as the White Sox beat the Padres, 4-3, in an exhibition at Petco Park.San Diego right-hander Andrew Cashner threw an abbreviated outing with the regular season on the horizon. He allowed one run over
SAN DIEGO -- Jose Abreu launched his fifth home run of the spring on Friday night, as the White Sox beat the Padres, 4-3, in an exhibition at Petco Park.
San Diego right-hander Andrew Cashner threw an abbreviated outing with the regular season on the horizon. He allowed one run over three innings and threw 25 of his 35 pitches for strikes. Cashner, who was hitting 95 mph with his fastball, will make his regular-season debut Wednesday against the Dodgers.
"I liked the way he was today as much as I've liked him at any other time, especially the way he finished up," Padres manager Andy Green said of Cashner. "… I thought his fastball location was as good as its been all spring, and I liked where his sinker was."
White Sox starter Mat Latos, a former Padre, tossed four shutout innings before surrendering three runs in the fifth. He lasted 4 1/3 and struck out three while allowing five hits and three walks.
"This is the best he's pitched this spring," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Latos, who gave up three runs on five hits, while walking three and striking out three. "The biggest thing is he's getting ahead early, keeping it down. Before he was leaving stuff up in the zone that was getting hit hard. If he's keeping it down and utilizing that curveball he becomes tougher."
The White Sox opened the scoring in the second when Todd Frazier tripled and came around to score on an RBI ground out. Two innings later, Abreu mashed a 1-2 fastball from Padres reliever Kevin Quackenbush into the left-field seats.
But the Padres would even the score in the fifth, plating three on a sacrifice fly and a pair of bases-loaded walks.
Jerry Sands would put the White Sox on top for good in the top of the eighth with an RBI single.
White Sox up next:John Danks finishes off the exhibition portion of the White Sox schedule with Saturday afternoon's start in San Diego, prepping the left-hander to start Friday's home opener against the Indians. The game has a first pitch of 3:10 p.m. CT.
Padres up next: Officially a member of the Padres' rotation Drew Pomeranz gets the ball Saturday afternoon against the White Sox, as the Padres wrap up their exhibition slate at 1:10 p.m. He was roughed up for six earned runs in three innings on Monday.
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