D’Backs Shut Down White Sox

Cleaning up the “little things” is the theme for the White Sox who dropped two out of three from the Diamondbacks.

Arizona won 5-1 Sunday as Gerardo Pardo  and Miguel Montero each hit 2-run homers and Chase Anderson won his major league debut..

The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Parra led off with an awkwardly-played ball in centerfield by Alejandro De Aza that was ruled a triple. Martin Prado drove in Parra with a base hit off Sox starter Hector Noesi.

Arizona took a 3-0 lead in the fifth when Parra hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the year. D-Backs starter Chase Anderson, making his major league debut, blanked the Sox on one hit through five innings.

But the Sox got a solo homer from Moises Sierra in the sixth to make it 3-1. Joe Thatcher took over for Anderson, who went 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits. He walked one and struck out six.

Base-running gaffes, including one in Saturday night’s 4-3 loss, irked bench coach Mark Parent, who was the acting manager. Robin Ventura arrived back before the first pitch Sunday after attending the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, at Oklahoma State.

The Sox had another base-running mistake in the second inning Sunday when Jose Abreu, already hobbled with a sore left ankle, attempted to stretch a single into a double. He was thrown out at second easily.

“We’ve got a pretty good group of guys. Our leadership, as far as (Adam Dunn) and (Paul) Konerko and the pitching side, (John) Danks and (Chris Sale)…they know how to keep guys in check,” Parent said.

“We just need to cut out some little bitty mistakes. Not little bitty mistakes, but big mistakes on the bases and stuff like that…things in the outfield. We cleaned some stuff up. We’ve been playing pretty good. As long as we keep swinging it, it doesn’t matter who’s on the mound, although (Jose) Quintana threw very well last night. He didn’t get that support. Overall, the guys have been getting plenty of run support. Just cut down the time of game we’ll be all right.”

Tyler Flowers doubled with one out in the eighth inning Saturday. He tried to go to third on a ground out to short and was cut down for the second out to kill the rally.

“That’s a play where, if the third-base coach is telling them ‘make sure you see it through over here, that way you’re coming,’ that’s Little League,” Parent said. “It seems like when we’re down we have guys – just like last year – trying to do too much instead of just do what you’re supposed to do. Let the scoreboard dictate. We don’t need to give up outs on the bases. It’s one base at a time.”

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