PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Rockies left-hander Alex White, competing for a rotation spot, held the Brewers to one run and two hits, with three strikeouts against two walks in the team's 5-4 loss on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park -- his second solid spring outing.
In his Cactus League debut, he gave up two hits and one run and struck out two in two innings against the Cubs. White, obtained from the Indians in last summer's Ubaldo Jimenez trade, was coming back from a torn sheath of a tendon on his left middle finger when he went 2-4 with an 8.42 ERA in seven late-season starts for the Rockies last year.
This spring is a truer indication of the talent the Rockies thought they were receiving. White's slider was ineffective last year, but he used one to strike out Milwaukee's Ryan Braun to end the third with a runner at second.
"That's something that I have and that I have confidence in in big situations right now," White said. "It's good that I get put in situations like that."