Sale bests nerves in first game action

Sale bests nerves in first game action

Sale bests nerves in first game action
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Having started in high school and college did not prepare Chris Sale for his first trip to the mound as a full-fledged member of the White Sox rotation for Saturday's intrasquad game at Camelback Ranch.

"Honestly, I came in here like a deer in the headlights," said a smiling Sale, after throwing two scoreless innings covering 22 pitches that included one strikeout and no walks. "It was like, 'Where am I going now?'

"I was like a little kid in that I came in here and I was asking Gavin [Floyd], 'Hey, what are you doing now?' So just talking to [White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper] and the trainers, trying to find something to get where I need to be. Not doing too much or doing too little."

Sale yielded a first-inning double to Gordon Beckham when he fell behind and gave up a leadoff single to Alexei Ramirez in the second. But the lanky southpaw induced a double-play grounder from Tyler Flowers, started by shortstop Brent Lillibridge, after Ramirez's hit and retired Alex Rios and Paul Konerko with Beckham on second.

It was a good start for Team Dunn, the eventual winner in Saturday's showdown by an 8-4 margin over Team Konerko. It was a better start for Sale, who threw all of his pitches consistently in the zone.

"You take stuff from every time out -- good, bad or indifferent," Sale said. "I'd say today went well for me. I threw all my pitches and got some ground balls. Just moving forward and trying to build on this."

"He got a double play on a changeup. He got Rios on a breaking ball. He threw some first-pitch breaking balls for strikes," said catcher A.J. Pierzynski of Sale. "He moved the ball around effectively. He fell behind Beckham and gave up the double, but other than that, he was ahead in the count and early action."