GLENDALE, Ariz. — After 100-plus pitches on Saturday afternoon Felipe Paulino feels as if he’s physically prepared for the regular season.
But the White Sox right-hander knows he has more preparation ahead after he walked four batters and allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings in an 8-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch. Paulino, who also allowed eight hits and struck out three, said he was fighting his delivery and release point.
“I’m not really happy with my (result) today,” Paulino said. “In the end we’re looking for a specific thing, a zero on the board, giving a chance to the team to stay close in the game. It’s unacceptable for me. I can’t accept to give up some walks, to the leadoff guy in the inning. … It’s unacceptable for me. I will keep working hard with this and will try to make this more easy for me.”
Paulino has one start left in Arizona before the team heads to Chicago. That’s one more chance to work out some of his troubles.
“I just need to figure out how to throw less walks and then I can go deeper in the game,” Paulino said.
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Beck impresses in Peoria
Minor-league pitcher Chris Beck made a strong start in a split-squad game at Peoria, Ariz. against the San Diego Padres.
Beck, a second-round pick in the 2012 draft, limited the Padres to a run and five hits over five innings pitched in a game that ended in a 3-3 tie. The right-hander struck out five and only walked one.
Beck has a 3.38 ERA in eight official spring innings. He has walked three and allowed nine hits while striking out six.
“There’s no reason to think if everything goes the way we want with Chris that he can’t be up some time this year or certainly be really in the picture for next year,” pitching coach Don Cooper said this week.
— Micah Johnson (one run scored), Conor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo all went 2-for-4 in the White Sox game at Peoria. Matt Davidson went 2-for-4 and raised his average to .308 in the loss at home.
— Adam Dunn had a single, two walks and an RBI groundout in four plate appearances in Peoria. Avisail Garcia went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
— Reliever Mitchell Boggs allowed two earned runs and three hits in 2/3 innings in the loss to San Francisco. Boggs has a 12.79 ERA this spring. Boggs is one of eight or nine relievers fighting for seven spots in the bullpen.
— Outfielder Alejandro De Aza doubled and homered in three at-bats against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
— Reliever Jacob Petricka allowed two hits and struck out one over two scoreless innings.
— Dan Black, who played in lieu of Jose Abreu, went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI.