It was a bit on the blustery side Monday afternoon when the White Sox and Giants squared off at the lovely Camelback facility co-operated by the Pale Hose and the Dodgers (they sell both original Dodger dogs, and Chicago dogs, respelendent with a poppy seed bun, and that funky emerald colored relish, but sadly, no sport peppers).
Sill, Ryan Vogelsong and John Danks squared off with Vogelsong turning in three solid innings. The San Francisco righty was touched for a run in his fourth inning, and left with two runners on base but was charged with the loss when Dewayne Wise put some English on a ball down the left field line, tagging Josh Osich for a three-run homer.
However, over his first pair of innings, Vogelsong was deadly, whiffing three, showing good velocity and moving the ball around well. Danks did only a pair of innings, allowing a couple of hits and a run, and nothing else.
Perhaps the best hitting of the day belonged to Jeff Keppinger, hitting out of the three hole, going 3-for-3 with a troika of line drive singles and a run scored. Blake Tekotte, hitting atop the White Sox lineup, contributed two more hits, including a triple off unlikely reliever Matt Cain in the fifth inning, then scoring on a double by Alexi Ramirez.
Giants hopeful Gary Brown played the entire game, collecting a third inning single, but probably the most impressive performance was submitted by White Sox right hander Donnie Veal, who struck out the side in order in the fifth inning. Veal, 27, was 7-3, 2.08 in relief at Charlotte last year, striking out 61 over 52 innings.