Quintana, Robertson grind through outings

Lefty allows one run over two innings; closer debuts with scoreless inning

Quintana, Robertson grind through outings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The story of Monday's Cactus League contest between the D-backs and White Sox at Camelback Ranch wasn't so much about the final score -- a 3-3 tie -- as it was about the work being done by the respective pitchers.

Chase Anderson, a candidate to be Arizona's fifth starter, allowed two hits over 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out three and walked one, paying special attention to his two-seam fastball. Anderson has always thrown the pitch, but he is putting more pressure on his index finger upon delivery.

"Sometimes I'm not finishing the way I want to finish and it's not getting that depth, but it's missing some bats and getting ground balls and that's the main goal," Anderson said. "I've been known as a fly-ball pitcher and I want to be known as a ground-ball pitcher because ground balls don't usually go over the fence. I want to throw more ground balls than fly balls, that's the main goal."

Jose Quintana made his second Cactus League start for the White Sox, yielding one run on three hits over two innings, while striking out three over 33 pitches. Quintana retired all six hitters faced last Wednesday against the Dodgers, so giving up a hit to A.J. Pollock to start Monday's game was the first chance for Quintana to work out of the stretch.

"I want to throw a couple pitches in different situations, more stretch," Quintana said. "And the first time it feels a little bit weird in the stretch. But I made adjustments and threw the ball pretty good."

Quintana also worked on fastball location to both sides of the plate and wants to focus more on his changeup next time out.

White Sox closer David Robertson made his Cactus League debut, striking out one over one scoreless inning. Robertson doesn't need more than six or seven appearances to get ready for the regular season.

"Obviously, I would have wanted to throw nine pitches, three strikeouts, but that didn't happen," Robertson said. "It was a tough outing. I had to throw a few pitches to get myself under control and make some quality pitches there. But all in all, it was a zero on the board. I'll take that.

"I still had a great curveball. I thought it was good for what it is, about as good as I could throw it. And fastball command wasn't great, but there's always room for improvement on that."

Brad Penny allowed one run over two innings in relief for the White Sox. Tuffy Gosewisch and Paul Goldschmidt drove in runs for the D-backs.

In the seventh, Tyler Flowers doubled and pinch-runner Adrian Nieto scored on Trayce Thompson's sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, Juan Diaz hit a game-tying homer.

Arizona scored a go-ahead run in the eighth. Nick Evans singled, advanced to second on a deep flyout to left, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Danny Worth's single.

Chicago's Micah Johnson then went deep with one out in the ninth to tie the game at 3. J.B. Shuck followed with a single and advanced to third on pitcher Enrique Burgos' throwing error to second, but the White Sox could not push across the winning run.

Up next: With the White Sox set to face American League Central rival Kansas City in Surprise, the team has elected to give pitching prospect Tyler Danish the start against the Royals at 3:05 p.m. CT, live on Gameday Audio. Danish is ranked No. 7 among White Sox prospects by MLB.com and already has worked in relief this spring. Left-hander John Danks, whose regular day to pitch is Tuesday, will throw a simulated game at Camelback Ranch.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.