D-backs erupt with 5-run second inning; Goldschmidt racks up 2 RBI doubles
By Jesse Sanchez and Cash Kruth
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs starter Rubby De La Rosa pitched six strong innings, and his offense racked up 16 hits to power past the White Sox, 10-2, in the final Cactus League game of the spring at Salt River Fields.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana struggled in his final tuneup before the regular season, giving up six runs on eight hits in two innings. The left-hander struck out three and finished Cactus League play with a 4.94 ERA. He entered the game with a 2.91 mark and 16 strikeouts.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Gold standard: For all of the questions about the D-backs' roster this spring, there has been one constant force: Goldschmidt. The All-Star first baseman opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first inning, driving in Pollock from first base. Goldschmidt, who drove in another run with a double in the D-backs' five-run second inning, missed the final two months of 2014 with a broken hand. He has been at full health this spring, consistently displaying the defensive and offensive prowess that has made him an National League MVP candidate. Goldschmidt finished 2-for-3 for a .278 average in Cactus League play.
Out at home: The White Sox tried to get on the board in the top of the first inning, when Adam Eaton attempted to score from first on Alexei Ramirez's two-out single to center. The aggressive play didn't pan out, as Eaton was gunned down at the plate on a 8-4-2 relay.
Rubby shines: Could this be the year De La Rosa lives up to his potential? The D-backs sure hope so. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed one run on four hits in his six-inning outing, with four strikeouts. De La Rosa's power arm gives the D-backs a much-needed weapon heading into the 2015 campaign. One question remains: Will he throw enough strikes?
Slight scare: White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson made a great diving stop behind the bag to open the bottom of the first, but he couldn't get the ball out of his glove to make a play. Trainers came out to check on him after he took a while to get up, but Johnson remained in the game and played solid defense the rest of the way.
"I threw everything great, threw a lot of strikes. But I missed with my breaking balls, especially behind in the count. They just happened to get doubles on good swings." -- Quintana
"We always talk about anxiety, but if you don't have any anxiety, you are not going to play well, so you want to have a little anxiety. You want them to be thinking. Bottom line is we are still making decisions and the roster is not set." -- D-backs manager Chip Hale
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox: With their Cactus League slate complete, the White Sox conclude their preseason Friday with an exhibition against their Triple-A affiliate at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C. Left-hander John Danks is scheduled to to start. The White Sox open the season Monday in Kansas City.
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.