MINNEAPOLIS -- The urgency is there for the White Sox.
But the results are still a tad bit off.
The White Sox offense had perhaps its most complete game in a week on Tuesday night, but several miscues in other areas and a late two-run double by Ryan Doumit helped doom them in a 7-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins in front of 30,387 at Target Field.
Paul Konerko had his first four-hit game since last July but it wasn’t enough as the White Sox, who earlier in the day received a vote of confidence from general manager Rick Hahn, lost for the 15th time in 20 games.
Before the game, Hahn said he isn’t ready to begin trading away any of several potential pieces to contending teams even though the White Sox started action 9 1/2 back in the American League Central.
“It’s getting to that time where we need to put something together,” said starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod, who allowed five runs (four earned) and 10 hits over six innings. “We’re all trying our hardest and the little things in the game aren’t going our way.”
On Tuesday those mistakes came from every facet except for hitting. Alejandro De Aza overran third base on an infield hit and was picked off. Gordon Beckham’s throwing error in the first inning helped spark a four-run Twins rally off Axelrod. And reliever Ramon Troncoso (0-2) issued a two-out walk in the eighth in a 5-all game to ignite the winning rally. Two batters later, Doumit doubled to left-center to put Minnesota ahead for good.
The White Sox had rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 5-4 as Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run homer in the second inning, De Aza had an RBI fielder’s choice in the fifth, Tyler Flowers had a sac fly in the seventh and Konerko singled in the tying run off Jared Burton (1-4) in the eighth. Konerko finished 4-for-4 with his first four-hit game since July 24, 2012.
“First inning was one that ends up hurting you,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Axe, after that, calmed himself down and gets through it and gives guys a chance to fight back. You tip your hat to them in the eighth inning.”
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Konerko thought there were several positives to take from the loss. He also said Hahn’s vote of confidence was nice but didn’t believe it would affect how he and his teammates prepared.
“All you can do is your best and that’s what we’ve been doing,” Konerko said. “Everybody knows, and is mature enough in here, that, that’s all you can do. Regardless of the results of it, you just know going into it with this job that management will make moves if they see fit at any time to do that. You’re never caught off-guard by that. I don’t think it changes. It’s nice to hear I suppose but if it had been the reverse of that I don’t think it would have changed how anybody got ready for today’s game, either. But it’s nice. I still think there’s some good to come out of this, at some point. It might not be right now and it hasn’t been before now, but I still think we have good baseball in us, we just haven’t shown it.”