BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Conor Gillaspie had three hits and the Chicago White Sox used eight relievers to beat the Double-A Birmingham Barons 5-2 Friday night in their final exhibition game.
In an attempt to give his unsettled bullpen some work before Monday's season opener against Minnesota, White Sox manager Robin Ventura used a different pitcher nearly every inning. The Barons scored one run off Zach Putman in the seventh and another off David Purcey in the ninth.
"We were still in the spring training frame of mind as far as the pitching goes," Ventura said. "We just wanted to be able to get several guys in there. They needed some work, because we're not going to be able to get on the field Saturday or Sunday, so we're going to have two days where they don't pitch against anybody.
"We just wanted them to get some final work in as we go to Monday."
Avisail Garcia doubled in the second inning, moved to third on a throwing error — the first of five Birmingham errors — and scored on sacrifice fly by Alejandro De Aza to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.
An RBI single in the third by Gillaspie made it 2-0. The White Sox increased their lead to 4-0 in the sixth when Garcia drove in one run, and another scored on a fielding error.
Ventura said his young team is ready for Monday's season-opener against the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.
"We had guys fighting for some spots this year, and that's what made spring fun," Ventura said. "You have these young guys coming in with the energy and the competition factor, and you get a different vibe during spring this year."
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