White Sox rally from four down to beat Brewers
"I don't have the overpowering stuff like some guys, so I work on feel," Wolf said after the Milwaukee Brewers lost to Chicago 6-4 Saturday. "It is kind of hard trying to read their swings."
Wolf gave up three runs — two earned in 5 2-3 innings for the Brewers. He struck out four.
Wolf is 3-0 in five starts this spring with a 3.26 ERA in throwing 19 1-3 innings. He went 13-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 33 starts for the National League Central division champions last season.
He is pleased the way things have gone thus far this spring.
"I've had a lot of innings so far," he said. "Historically, I have been pretty poor in the spring and the command hasn't always been there. I'm stretching it out now. I worry not so much about the pitch count, but getting up and down with the innings. My rhythm is way better."
First-year manager Robin Ventura left most of his regulars back at the White Sox's camp, which gave him a chance to get a longer look at some youngsters.
Tyler Flowers began the fifth inning for Chicago with a homer off Wolf, and the White Sox scored two more times in the inning.
Tyler Saladino had an RBI triple in a two-run seventh, and Saladino singled in a run in the ninth.
Right-handed reliever Brian Bruney He pitched 2 1-3 hitless innings for the win.
"He (Bruney) has done real well. He has a good idea of what he wants to do, spots the ball well and throws strikes," Ventura said.
Chris Sale gave up eight hits and four runs — three earned — in 4 2-3 innings. He pitched six scoreless innings in his previous start.
"He looked pretty good. It was good for him to continue to stretch out and get those innings," Ventura said.
NOTES: Gonzalez had two hits and a walk and now is hitting .400 for the spring. ... Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki had a pair of hits and scored a run. He is 8 for 16 in his last seven games. ... Ventura played Kosuke Fukudome in left field for the first time this spring after putting him in right and center previously. He said he wants Fukudome to get some experience at all three spots so he feels comfortable.