GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It was another ugly defeat for the Chicago White Sox during a spring that was filled with them as they dropped a 9-1 decision to the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch on Monday. If spring results are worth anything, and to most people they aren’t, the White Sox fell to 11-19-1 in Cactus League play.
The good: Paul Konerko had two singles, giving him a hit in nine of his last 11 games. After a slow start to the spring, he raised his Cactus League batting average to .304. Alex Rios also finished strong with an 11-game hit streak. Konerko is in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Royals, but Rios is not.
The bad: Will Ohman didn’t exactly finish spring training on a strong note. He gave up a three-run home run, two days after giving up a home run and three runs. All his runs Monday were unearned, though, because of an Omar Vizquel error at third base.
Beyond the box score: What’s the deal with John Danks and the long ball? Danks gave up two home runs Monday to finish the spring with four. Of the 11 runs he gave up during Cactus League play, nine of them came on his four homers allowed. That comes on the heels of him giving up 18 home runs in 2010, 10 less than the previous season. Overall, though, Danks had a solid spring with a 3.04 ERA.
Up next: Phil Humber goes to the mound in the White Sox’s Cactus League finale, which is a 2:05 p.m. CST start against the Royals in Surprise, Ariz.