Floyd finds spring stroke with homer
Slugger clubs first shot for new team; Young struggles through three
WHITE SOX 15, PADRES 4
at Peoria, Ariz.
Friday, March 13
Padres at the plate: Newcomer Cliff Floyd, expected to be one of manager Bud Black's main pinch-hitters off the bench, hit his first home run of the spring in the third inning, as a pinch-hitter, no less. Otherwise, not a whole lot went on. Luis Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Nick Hundley drove in a run with an RBI double. Rookie Cedric Hunter had one hit.
White Sox at the plate: Paul Konerko had a big day at the plate. The White Sox first baseman had three hits, including a home run. Josh Fields also had three hits while A.J. Pierzynski and Brent Lillibridge each had two hits. DeWayne Wise continues to impress this spring, as he went 2-for-6 with a homer while driving in four runs. Brian Anderson and Cole Armstrong also homered.Padres on the mound: Starting pitcher Chris Young allowed a solo home run to Konerko and a double to Fields in the second inning. He later allowed an RBI single to Konerko in the third inning. All told, Young allowed two runs in three innings with two walks. Reliever Mike Ekstrom had a rough go, allowing six runs while getting just two outs. Mark Worrell and Greg Burke combined to allow five earned runs. White Sox on the mound: Starting pitcher Gavin Floyd yielded two runs in four innings, including the solo home run to his fellow namesake, Cliff Floyd. Floyd walked one and struck out four, lowering his ERA to 2.70. Mike MacDougal tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Cactus League records: White Sox 8-8; Padres 3-7-3. Up next: The Padres play a split-squad game on Saturday. One game is in Peoria against the Indians at 1:05 p.m. PT. Cha Seung Baek, the projected No. 3 starter, will get the start and is scheduled to throw four innings. Then in Scottsdale, where the Padres face the Giants, also at 1:05 p.m. PT, Cesar Ramos gets the start. That game will also mark the Cactus League debut of pitcher Walter Silva, who has been hobbled by a sprained left ankle in recent weeks.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.