MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox have made all kinds of ridiculous errors in the field this season, but Tuesday’s tops them all.
Although the team’s American League-leading 30th error -- when broken webbing in Adam Dunn’s glove resulted in a dropped throw -- left many to scratch their heads in the sixth inning, it was a source of laughter after the White Sox closed out a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
“We're getting creative,” manager Robin Ventura said.
With one out in the sixth inning and the White Sox ahead 2-1, Brian Dozier hit a grounder to shortstop that Alexei Ramirez fielded cleanly. Ramirez -- who has never broken a glove before -- unleashed a perfect throw and Dunn appeared to gloved it cleanly.
Somehow, the ball amazingly squirted free when it ripped through the web of Dunn’s glove.
The mistake is easily the most absurd in this latest surge of errors for the White Sox, who have been charged with at least one in each of their last six games.
Many of the team’s other gaffes have left them scratching their heads for other reasons as their poor play has helped losses pile up. Entering Tuesday, the White Sox were 5-15 in games in which they made an error.
The porous defense has become such a distraction that Ventura’s staff held a mandatory fielding practice more than three hours before batting practice on Tuesday. The manager has threatened to repeat the process if the White Sox, who are last in the majors in fielding percentage, don’t clean up their act soon.
“Does that just solidify it?” catcher Tyler Flowers asked with a smile in regard to the error.
Dunn, who has never had a glove break before, said he didn’t initially realize the ball was on the ground until he heard the safe call from first-base umpire Dan Bellino.
With all the bad luck he has experienced lately -- like Aaron Hicks’ home-run robbing catch on Monday and Bellino’s blown call on what should've been a Dunn single Tuesday -- the slugger isn’t surprised he was on the receiving end.
“If something stupid is going to happen, it’s going to happen to me,” Dunn said. “So just pile on, bring it on.”
But as bizarre as this latest error was the end result was nearly as unfathomable when you consider recent events regarding the White Sox.
White Sox starter Jake Peavy managed to strike out Twins catcher Joe Mauer with a called third strike for the second out. With Josh Willingham at the plate, Flowers ended the inning with a caught stealing of Dozier at second base.
“Unfortunately that’s not going to happen every time, but that has to happen some times -- to pick a guy up,” Flowers said. “We can’t have every error, every mistake bite us in the butt like it has seemed to have done all year. It’s definitely good to pick (Dunn) up there. It’s no fault of his own.”