3/3/2014 6:10 P.M. ET
Wilkins homers, drives in three in victory
Quintana allows two runs on two hits over three innings in spring debut vs. Royals
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- During four starts against the White Sox in 2012, Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed just one earned run over 29 2/3 innings.
The White Sox topped that paltry total in the first four batters of Monday's 9-7 victory over the Royals at Camelback Ranch.
Of course, this is early in Spring Training, when starting pitchers are building up their pitch total and often working on certain pitches in the course of a game. But any solid contact for the White Sox against Guthrie always is a positive.
Alejandro De Aza opened the game with a single to center and moved to third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run single to right by Marcus Semien. After Avisail Garcia lined out to shortstop Jason Donald, Andy Wilkins connected on a long three-run shot to right. Paul Konerko lined out to right and Jordan Danks doubled to center, before Matt Davidson struck out swinging to end the first.
Guthrie worked a perfect second, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out one and not issuing a walk. Guthrie also thought he executed good pitches on the first two hits of the first inning.
"And the home run was the guy putting a good swing on a 2-1 changeup that caught the middle of the plate, it stayed up and he knocked it out of the ballpark," Guthrie said. "So I think one pitch wasn't executed in the inning and it cost you three runs and that's what happens in baseball. The next inning I probably didn't execute two or three pitches and got three outs."
Jose Quintana made his 2014 Cactus League debut by working three innings against the American League Central rival. Quintana struck out Lorenzo Cain during a perfect first but allowed a pair of two-out runs in the second, courtesy of Johnny Giavotella's triple and Jarrod Dyson's single. Quintana exited having struck out one and walking two.
"I feel really good with my fastball, in and out," Quintana said. "My curve and changeup were working good. I have two good innings. One inning I feel a little uncomfortable but I felt really good."
Kansas City tied the game at 3-3 with one run in the fourth and took the lead with two in the sixth off of reliever Chris Bassitt. Jorge Bonifacio and Cain picked up run-scoring hits.
Reliever Luke Hochevar worked two scoreless innings for the Royals, striking out two. Konerko, Danks, Wilkins, Donald, Dyson and Cain turned in multi-hit efforts, with the White Sox scoring four in the sixth off of reliever Tim Collins on four hits and an error after two were out. Hector Gimenez delivered the two-run, go-ahead double, with three of the runs being unearned.
Conor Gillaspie doubled home two more runs in the seventh to make it 9-5. Bonifacio hit his first spring homer in the eighth, a two-run shot that made it 9-7.
Up Next: The White Sox make one complete turn through their rotation, as Erik Johnson makes the start for this 2:05 p.m. CT contest in Goodyear against the Indians. Adam Dunn, who missed Sunday and Monday while attending the Oscars in support of 'Dallas Buyers Club,' a movie he financially contributed to and had a small part in, is scheduled to be back in action.