Sox split squads split games with Mariners, Reds
PEORIA, Ariz. – Dayan Viciedo went 3 for 3 with a double and two runs scored, and a White Sox split squad beat the Seattle Mariners, 11-7, on Sunday.
Viciedo was in the middle of a five-run first inning that featured nonroster invitee Stefan Gartrell’s grand slam off Mariners starter Andrew Carraway.
Seattle’s Michael Morse hit his third home run of the spring, a solo shot off Sox starter Dylan Axelrod. That was the only hit and run allowed by the right-hander.
Axelrod, who pitched in 14 games and started seven last season, worked three innings for the win. He has allowed one earned run and three hits in eight innings over three outings this spring. Axelrod has walked none and struck out seven.
Mariners outfielders Jason Bay and Carlos Peguero both tripled off of Scott Snodgress in the fourth.
The Sox’s Brent Morel was 2 for 4 with a home run, and Gordon Beckham added a solo shot.
Reds 7, White Sox (ss) 3: At Glendale, Ariz., Sox starter Gavin Floyd allowed four runs and struck out five in 3 1/3 innings for a Sox split squad in a loss to Cincinnati.
“I’m trying to make pitches and act like it’s a middle-of-the-season game,” Floyd said. “I threw all my pitches for strikes, but they just got some good hits off me. I still got some good work in. It is a process of little things here and there. As soon as you can try to emulate a real game, the more prepared you are for the season.”
Sox DH Paul Konerko went 0 for 3 after recording hits in eight of his nine previous plate appearances.
Sox third baseman Jeff Keppinger was scratched from the lineup because of shoulder soreness, but the ailment is not considered serious. He will not play the field again until Wednesday, but he may be a designated hitter before then.
Sox shortstop Alexi Ramirez was hit by a pitch from Reds starter Johnny Cueto, but he remained in the game and was not seriously injured.
Cueto was erratic in his second spring start. He walked three and hit another, but completed four innings and gave up just two runs.
The Reds’ Shin-Soo Choo got four hits, stole two bases and scored twice,
With Team Canada eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, first baseman Joey Votto is expected to return to the Reds’ camp Tuesday. Cincinnati has an off day today.