White Sox 4, Athletics 4
Oakland A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker and Chicago White Sox
left-hander Jose Quintana made progress toward the 2013 regular
season with solid starts Friday night in a 4-4 tie after nine
innings at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
Paul Konerko’s two-out, two-run single off Pedro Figueroa in the
ninth inning pulled the White Sox even.
Parker, who had struggled in his two previous starts, gave up
two runs on three hits, walked two and struck out five in six
Quintana pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits
while walking three and striking out nine.
After going 13-8 in 29 starts for Oakland as a rookie in 2012,
Parker was looking for more consistency entering 2013. He might
finally have found some, with one start left before the season
”It was good to have a night game,” Parker said. ”It was a
little more like the regular season, and lets you get into a
routine situation since we have more night games, the
He threw 76 pitches during the game and brought his night’s
total to 90 with some more work in the bullpen.
”My mindset was better overall,” Parker said. ”I threw my
pitches for strikes, my curveballs for strikes. They (White Sox)
are an aggressive team.”
Quintana was 6-6 in 25 games (22 starts) last season with a 3.76
He looked sharp early on, then started to tire a bit as the A’s
began their rally.
”I felt really good and felt like the fastball was working
really good today,” the 24-year-old Colombian said. ”It was
running good, especially the two-seamer to my arm side.
”I feel like I’m ready for the season and prepared at this
Chicago took a 2-0 lead by scoring twice in the fifth on a
run-scoring infield hit by Tyler Flowers and a single to right by
Quintana set the A’s down in order in the fifth, but wasn’t as
fortunate in the sixth.
He walked Scott Sizemore with one out and gave up a run-scoring
double to Yoenis Cespedes with two outs. Reliever Ramon Troncoso
came on and walked Chris Young and gave up back-to-back run-scoring
hits to Derek Norris and Brandon Moss. Norris scored the fourth run
of the inning on a wild pitch by Troncoso.
NOTES: Oakland RF Josh Reddick left the game after the second
inning with a twisted ankle apparently sustained while fielding a
fly ball. He was replaced by Shane Peterson. Reddick will be
re-evaluated on Saturday. … A’s RHP Pat Neshek pitched the ninth
inning and gave up a pair of hits, but has not allowed a run in his
eight appearances (eight innings). … Konerko finished with two
hits and a walk and narrowly missed hitting his sixth homer of the
spring in the seventh inning, settling for a double off the fence
in left. … RHP Jake Peavy is scheduled to make his second start
of the spring for Chicago on Saturday against the Dodgers in