GLENDALE, Ariz. — John Danks has begun to chip away at the items he and pitching coach Don Cooper want to accomplish this spring.
The White Sox pitcher said he felt good Tuesday after he allowed two earned runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings. Danks also struck out four and walked two as the White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 at Camelback Ranch as Avisail Garcia and Jimmy Rollins homered.
“Coop had a laundry list for me,” Danks said. “No, it’s really a lot of the same stuff, trying to simplify things and put myself in position to be able to throw four pitches where I want to.
“I feel good about where we are at.”
[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]
Danks got off to a good start in his second Cactus League outing as he struck out the side.
The left-hander -- who went 7-15 with a 4.71 ERA in 30 starts last season -- said he also felt good when he allowed two runs in two innings the last time out against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Thursday.
Danks and Cooper both said they don’t concern themselves with spring training numbers. They’re more consumed with knocking items off that laundry list.
“We’ve worked on some mechanical things and I feel real good about that after getting out there in a game for the first time,” Danks said. “I’m happy with where I’m at right now. There’s plenty of work to be done. Definitely today was a step in the right direction.”
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.