Rockies 8, White Sox 2
Mar. 16, 1999
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Darryl Kile had his best outing of the spring, pitching four strong innings to lead the Colorado Rockies past the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Monday night.
Kile, traditionally a slow starter in the spring, entered the game with an 0-2 record and 7.20 ERA, but threw three shutout innings before allowing a run in the fourth when Gabby Martinez stole home on the front end of a double steal.
Kile allowed three hits and one run with one walk and three strikeouts.
Dante Bichette went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Larry Walker was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Rockies, who capitalized on four Chicago errors. Only three of the Rockies' eight runs were earned.
Colorado (8-6) erupted for six runs _ only two of them earned _ in the fourth inning off starter James Baldwin (1-1) and reliever Mike Heathcott. The Rockies sent 12 men to the plate, collecting six singles including Walker's two-run single.
All 12 Colorado hits were singles.
John Thomson, projected to be the Rockies' No. 3 starter, made his spring debut after being slowed by a sore shoulder. He went one inning, allowing two hits but no runs.
Tilson Brito knocked in Chicago's only other run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The White Sox (6-8) had just six hits, two by Carlos Lee.
Chicago's Jeff Abbott was a late scratch from the starting lineup after developing flu symptoms.