03/24/12 1:00 AM ET
Pierzynski's inside-the-parker lifts White Sox
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"I saw Joe waving me, and when I hit third, Blummer [former teammate Geoff Blum] was like, 'You gotta go, tubby,'" said Pierzynski with a laugh. "So, I thought that was rather funny. It's Spring Training and doesn't count, but it's nice to get some hits."When I hit it, I thought I hit it good enough that it was going to be a regular home run. It just kept going. I saw it hit and I wasn't sure if it was out or still in. I saw [right fielder Justin] Upton chasing it and I was like, 'It's a foot race and he'll probably win.'" Pierzynski's rarity overshadowed Dan Johnson's three hits and three RBIs in his quest to claim the final position-player spot on the White Sox roster. Johnson singled home Pierzynski in the second and drove in two the third, with both two-out singles for the left-handed hitter coming off of left-handed starter Joe Saunders. Saunders, who is penciled in as the D-backs' No. 3 starter, gave up four runs on six hits over four innings. He struck out three and walked three, yielding all four runs after two were out. Chris Young went deep for Arizona, using the old-fashion method for his long ball. The one-time top White Sox prospect took Chicago starter Gavin Floyd deep to open the fourth. Floyd didn't have his best control, walking five over six innings, but pitched around trouble to give up just two runs. Floyd was supported by Pierzynski, using his powerful bat and fleet feet. His run for glory had the fans on their feet as soon as he turned first base. Up next, D-backs: The D-backs will play their second straight night game on Saturday when they return home to Salt River Fields to face the Royals at 7:10 PT. Right-hander Trevor Cahill, who was acquired from the A's in a December deal, will get the start and highly regarded left-hander Tyler Skaggs is scheduled to follow him to the mound. The Royals will start Jonathan Sanchez. Up next, White Sox: Chris Sale tries to build off of his stellar third Cactus League start when he faces the Brewers on Saturday afternoon in Phoenix at 3:05 CT. The young left-hander, converting from the bullpen to the rotation, gave up just two hits in six innings against the Reds with six strikeouts and no walks on Monday at Camelback Ranch. Sale has fanned 12 and walked just one this spring. Look for Kosuke Fukudome to get a start in left field and shortstop Alexei Ramirez to be hitting cleanup when facing Milwaukee's Randy Wolf.