White Sox 4, Diamondbacks 2
At Camelback Ranch
At the plate: SS Chris Owings connected for his first home run of the Cactus League, launching a ball out to left field in the second inning. It’s the latest hard-hit ball of many so far for Owings this spring. “I’m feeling good,” he said. “I’m trying to have quality at-bats. I’m going up there trying to get in good counts. If it’s a strike, swing, and if it’s a ball, take it. Just trying to keep it simple.” Owings said. Owings is 8 for 24 (.333) with two walks and two strikeouts. More than two years removed from shoulder surgery, he says he’s continually feeling closer to being his old self. “I feel like I’m starting to hit the ball a little bit harder like I used to before I had surgery,” he said. “It’s an ongoing thing.”
On the mound: LHP Patrick Corbin threw 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, but both he and manager Torey Lovullo felt upbeat about the outing. Corbin gave up a home run to C Kevan Smith in the second inning. The White Sox strung together singles to score the other two runs. “I don’t think anything outside of the home-run ball was anything that was a big mistake,” Lovullo said. Corbin said he probably induced six or seven swinging strikes on his change-up, which he viewed as a big positive. “I was happy with that,” he said. “Another pitch to add.” RHP J.J. Hoover, one of many veteran relievers trying to win a spot on the roster, turned in his fourth scoreless outing of the Cactus League. He hasn’t allowed a run in 3 2/3 innings.
Extra bases: CF Gregor Blanco was thrown out at third base in the third inning trying to stretch a double into a triple. Former Diamondbacks prospect 3B Matt Davidson, who was sent to the White Sox for RHP Addison Reed more than three years ago, went 3 for 4 with a home run and two run-scoring singles.
Friday’s game: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker vs. Brewers RHP Chase Anderson, 1:10 p.m., Salt River Fields.