In front of the largest crowd in Regions Field history, the Birmingham Barons fell to their parent club, the Chicago White Sox, by a score of 5-2.
The White Sox took and early 1-0 lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Alejandro De Aza against Barons starter Chris Beck. The lead grew to 2-0 an inning later on an RBI base hit by Conor Gillaspie.
The White Sox plated two more runs in the sixth when a line-drive base hit to left-center by Leury Garcia was misplayed, allowing Adam Dunn and De Aza to score, giving the visitors a 4-0 advantage. The error was one of five on the night for the Barons which led to four unearned runs.
The Barons plated their first run of the game in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Chris Curley and followed that with a sacrifice fly by Josh Richmond in the ninth after a leadoff triple by Trace Thompson. However, the Barons were unable to mount a final rally, falling to their major league affiliate for the sixth time in seven all-time exhibition game meetings.
The announced attendance of 8,513 marked the largest in Regions Field history while the sell-out was the seventh at the downtown Birmingham ballpark since opening in April, 2013.
The Barons will open the 2014 regular season on April 3rd against the Biscuits in Montgomery. First pitch is schedule for 7:05 PM CDT.
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