GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It’s not so much what took place in Tuesday’s White Sox intrasquad game rather than that it did.
There were several highlight moments in the contest as Avisail Garcia blasted a two-run home run, Paul Konerko had two singles and Chris Beck pitched a pair of scoreless innings. Jose Abreu also got a base hit in two at-bats in his first action with the White Sox.
But White Sox manager Robin Ventura is mostly interested that his team got its collective blood flowing in the nine-inning exhibition, the only intrasquad game on the schedule. The White Sox open Cactus League play on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“You’re playing again,” Ventura said. “You get that feeling back. Being in positions, it’s good to get out there and get them moving around. Paulie looks good, got a couple hits, good first step. … It’s nice to get ‘em out there, get their competitive stuff going. Playing in a game, even though it’s simulated it’s still better than going back out for practice.”
Konerko had two singles before he eventually exited the contest. Garcia drove a pitch away from Snodgress for a two-run homer just to the right of the batter’s eye in center field.
Abreu took two strikes in his first at-bat against Beck before he hit a slow chopper to third base and didn’t draw a throw. The Cuban, who signed a franchise-record $68 million contract in October, mostly wanted to gauge how he would fare at this point against a real pitcher.
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“It’s been a while since I’ve had a live swing and so it felt really good to be out there and look at that live pitching,” Abreu said through a translator.
Though he’s expected to be a source of power in the lineup, Abreu smiled when asked about his infield single.
“As long as they come out and I help the team, I’ll take 100 of those,” Abreu said.