GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Adam Eaton is taking advantage of all the time he’s spending on base this spring.
The White Sox center fielder was thrown out at third as he and Gordon Beckham attempted a double steal during Friday’s 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.
Eaton — who reached base in three plate appearances — wasn’t worried about the end result but more about working with Beckham, who was on first at the time. He believes the chance to work together in spring training will pay dividends later.
“Kind of feel him out and see what he likes to do and even today us on first and second, being able to make eye contact and kind of know what he’s thinking,” Eaton said. “Get in those situations where in the heat of the battle during the season you need to know what each other’s thinking, what’s going on. It’s big. It’s great to have them down here when it doesn’t matter and hopefully they can translate to success when it does matter.”
Eaton is 6-for-10 with two walks and has been hit by two pitches through five games this spring, giving him a .714 on-base percentage.
— Adam Dunn beat the shift with a hard single for his second run-scoring hit in three at-bats in Friday’s win. Dunn is hitting .364.
— Right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto allowed a hit but recorded a scoreless inning in his White Sox spring training debut. Cleto was claimed off waivers from Kansas City last week.
— Nestor Molina earned a save with a strikeout in a scoreless inning pitched. The right-hander also allowed a bloop base hit.
— Left-hander Eric Surkamp struck out two in two shutout innings pitched.