Sox commit season-high four errors in loss

Sox commit season-high four errors in loss

July 23, 2013, 11:00 pm
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On the hill: John Danks (2-7, 4.52 ERA); Anibal Sanchez (7-7, 2.85 ERA)

Danks at home: 2-2, 3.06 ERA, 26 K's, two walks, 35 1/3 IP

Sanchez vs. White Sox: 0-1, 6.75 ERA, 6 K's, three walks, 5 1/3 IP

Tigers at at a glance: 55-44 (1st in American League Central, three and a half games ahead of Cleveland)

Keeping the streak alive The Tigers have now won their last three contest, including a 7-3 and 6-2 victory over the White Sox to kick off this four-game series.

Tigers pitching leaders: Wins - Max Scherzer (14) ERA - Scherzer (3.14); Strikeouts - Scherzer (157); Saves - Joaquin Benoit (9)

Tigers batting leaders: Miguel Cabrera leads his team in batting average (.358), home runs (31), RBIs (96), OBP (.454) and hits (134)

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The only thing that has piled up faster than the losses is the errors.

The White Sox continue to show things can only get worse when they committed a season-high four errors in a 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers. It’s the 14th time in 97 games this season in which the White Sox -- who made the fewest errors in baseball in 2012 -- have committed two or more errors, and was their highest total since Apr. 6, 2011, when they committed four in a win in Kansas City.

Thus far, the White Sox have made 68 errors after making only 70 last season.

I don’t think anybody saw this coming this year,” veteran Paul Konerko said. “The ball just got rolling down the hill the wrong way and we haven’t stopped it. If we knew the answer, if we knew how to stop it, we’ve tried all different kinds of approaches.”

They have committed all kinds of errors as a result.

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Monday’s was only the second most absurd charged to Adam Dunn this season.

But unlike when his glove ripped and the ball squirted free in Minneapolis in May, this time Dunn was the victim of a poor ruling by first-base umpire Gary Darling.

Caught in a rundown between first and second, Dunn, who was five-to-seven feet off the base, tried to get out of the way of Torii Hunter but couldn’t.

It didn’t matter that Hunter would have been out easily; Dunn was charged with an error. Robin Ventura then argued with Darling until the White Sox manager was ejected from the game, the fifth of his career.

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He had already given up running,” Ventura said. “I don’t think 'Dunner' was in his way. It looked like he was already calling him out and Hunter’s running off the field. Just agree to disagree.”

Ventura’s stomach couldn’t have agreed with what he had to watch from the clubhouse.

Conor Gillaspie was charged with an error on a routine grounder to third. Alex Rios’ throw home got away from catcher Josh Phegley for another. Dayan Viciedo then bobbled a Hernan Perez triple at least three times before he could corral the ball.

But Ventura insists the White Sox aren’t about to say forget it with the defense despite the extra attention to detail, which has already been emphasized through constant infield practices.

I don’t think there’s any point you just give up on it,” Ventura said. “It’s an important part of the game and you’ve got to just keep harping on it. There’s nothing else you can do but keep getting after it.”

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The White Sox held an early defensive practice in Minneapolis in May. They also often take grounders at the end of batting practice when they’re on the road. But the efforts haven’t helped the White Sox turn things around.

In the first two games against the Tigers this week, both losses, the White Sox have committed seven errors leading to eight unearned runs. After they allowed only 30 unearned runs last season, White Sox pitchers have yielded 48 this season.

“It’s a shame because the staff works hard,” Konerko said. “We’re on top of things, we really are. Everybody addresses the things as they happen, we just haven’t been able to stop the bleeding when it comes to that stuff. It’s a shame because we’ve cost our pitchers a lot of games where they should have had better chances to win games. It’s definitely a good lesson in showing what defense can do and keep you in games and this year has been the reverse. It’s tough.”