Chavez homers twice in A's loss
First baseman's pop can't pick up Sheets vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX 9, A'S 5
Wednesday, March 10
White Sox at the plate: After going down quickly in the first two innings, the White Sox exploded for seven runs in the third. Andruw Jones tallied a two-run triple and A.J. Pierzynski drove in another two runs with a base hit, while Brent Morel added an RBI double and Alejandro De Aza had two hits and an RBI. Alex Rios also drove in a run during the frame. Chicago had 14 hits on the day.Athletics at the plate: Eric Chavez, while getting six innings of work at first base, collected his first two home runs of the spring -- a two-run shot in the first and a solo homer in the sixth. The A's also got two hits from outfielder Gabe Gross, along with a double off the bat of Jack Cust and base hits from Kurt Suzuki, Eric Sogard, Josh Donaldson and Steve Tolleson. White Sox on the mound: Right-hander Daniel Hudson surrendered four hits, including the two-run homer to Chavez in the first, while walking one and striking out one in two innings of work. Hudson was followed by southpaw Randy Williams, who shut down the A's in two quick frames before giving way to Jeff Marquez. The right-hander pitched two innings and gave up Chavez's other home run in the sixth. Clevelan Santeliz pitched the eighth and gave up an RBI base hit by Donaldson in the eighth. Athletics on the mound: Ben Sheets, making just his second start since 2008, scattered five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings of work. The A's right-hander, slated to be the team's ace, breezed through the first two innings before facing eight batters and surrendering five hits and a walk in the third frame. He said his fastball speed was a notch down, but liked the way his changeup was working. Cedrick Bowers gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings, and Lenny DiNardo surrendered two. Meanwhile, Andrew Bailey, Craig Breslow and Brad Kilby each pitched a scoreless inning. Worth noting: A's outfielder Travis Buck, who was scratched from Tuesday's split-squad game against the Royals due to dizziness, made his return to the field in the seventh inning. He made a fielding error on his first play, but then threw out a runner at second in the ninth. Buck went 0-for-1 at the plate. Cactus League records: Athletics 2-4-1; White Sox 3-3-1 Up next: Freddy Garcia gets the call on Thursday at 2:05 p.m. CT, as the White Sox play host to the Indians for the first time this spring. Garcia looked sharp in his first outing last Saturday, when the White Sox played the Dodgers in split-squad action, and is primed for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. The game will be followed by Jake Peavy's Woodjock 2010 concert later that night in Scottsdale, with teammates Scott Linebrink, Omar Vizquel and Gordon Beckham all performing. Part of the roster then embarks on Friday for two games against the Cubs in Las Vegas.
The A's to Maryvale Baseball Park on Thursday for a 12:05 p.m. PT meeting with the Brewers, with Dallas Braden slated to take the mound for the second time this spring. The A's left-hander, coming back from a season cut short due to a foot injury, tossed two innings and scattered two hits and a run with one walk and one strikeout in his first outing. The A's posted a 8-7 victory over the Brewers in their first meeting March 5.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.