Dust and cobwebs were wiped clean Wednesday, as the Dodgers and the White Sox kicked off their Cactus League tours with a contest that found the White Sox the victors in the end, 6-4.
An auspicious first pair of innnings by Jose Quintana, who whiffed a pair, surrendered nothing, and threw 20 of 26 pitches for strikes, the game was similarly highlighted by the spring debuts of vaunted L.A. rookies Joc Pederson and Corey Seager.
Pederson comported himself as well as Quintana, singling his first at-bat, scoring the first spring run, then doubling before Seager came on to DH. Seager's single in the ninth scored Darrell Sweeney and brought on a save chance, but the Dodgers fell short off journeyman Logan Kensing and that was that.
Both Carlos Sanchez and Micah Johnson each manned second, with Sanchez starting (0-for-3) and Johnson spelling. The team's hope is Sanchez--or Johnson--can cull the keystone spot during the spring, leaving Gordon Beckham (0-for-3) relegated to the utility gig he pretty much deserves.