Ledezma dominates White Sox

Ledezma dominates White Sox

PADRES 5, WHITE SOX 0
at Tucson, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 18

Padres at the plate: Paul McAnulty knocked out his fourth home run of the spring, blasting a 3-1 pitch from John Danks deep into the right-field lawn to lead off the sixth inning. Tony Clark doubled and singled, driving home one, while Michael Barrett doubled home two.

White Sox at the plate: A third-inning single extended Jerry Owens' hitting streak to seven, meaning he has a hit in every Cactus League game that he has played this spring. He also singled in the eighth. Paul Konerko walked three times, giving him seven free passes this spring.

Padres on the mound: Wil Ledezma turned in a scoreless effort covering four innings. The southpaw allowed two hits in the third but nothing more, walking two, fanning three and inducing two double-play grounders from A.J. Pierzynski.

White Sox on the mound: Danks worked the deepest into a start of any White Sox pitcher this spring, lasting 5 1/3 innings against the Padres. The young southpaw had a mixed bag of results, striking out seven, but also yielding four runs on four hits, while waking two.

Cactus League records: Padres 10-9; White Sox 9-12.

Up next, White Sox: Jose Contreras returns to the mound Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. CT against the Rockies at Tucson Electric Park, with the target of throwing four innings or 63 pitches. Matt Thornton and Nick Masset also will be throwing, while Alexei Ramirez gets his second start in center.

Up next, Padres: The Padres have an off-day Wednesday, but several members of their big league squad are expected to play in a Minor League game in Peoria, Ariz. Left-hander Randy Wolf will pitch and Edgar Gonzalez is expected to start in the infield. San Diego returns to action Thursday night against the Mariners for a 7:05 p.m. PT game in Peoria. Right-hander Justin Germano will start, and the players returning from the China trip should be back in the fold for the Padres.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.