SAN FRANCISCO -- Gordon Beckham isn’t afraid to admit he’s looking for any and all signs of encouragement at this point.
After a hot start to his season, the White Sox second baseman has endured two solid months of struggle. He has a .155/.205/.270 slash line with three home runs and 23 RBIs in his last 221 plate appearances.
So no matter what way he finds success, whether in the field or at the plate, Beckham will take it. He made big plays on both ends in Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory and Beckham said neither topped the other.
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Beckham made a critical diving stop to start a bases-loaded double play in the ninth inning and singled in the winning run in the 10th.
“I get out satisfaction out of anything positive over my last couple of months,” Beckham said. “It was definitely fun to make that play. I wish it had ended there. But to get the hit in the 10th was just as much of a thrill. So it was awesome.”
Beckham has gone 167 plate appearances without a home run as he hit his last one on June 24 in Baltimore. Considering that from May 6-June 9, Beckham hit .341/.376/.500 with four homers and eight doubles in 134 plate appearances. The former first-rounder had such a rough stretch that he told MLB.com last month he thought he played himself out of being a trade candidate.
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But despite his offensive struggles, Beckham has continued to play good defense. His three defensive runs saved are tied for fifth in the majors among everyday second baseman, per fangraphs.com. Considering what Beckham has endured, manager Robin Ventura is impressed.
“Any normal person would be frustrated,” Ventura said. “But he doesn’t take it to the field. You look at (Tuesday), he doesn’t take it with him out there. That’s a mature response. Anybody that’s struggling and not feeling right, sometimes you see they might miss a pitch here or there because their mind might be wandering. He hasn’t let that happen.”
His offensive heroics, a two-out, RBI single to left off Santiago Casilla to give the White Sox the lead back after a blown save, were set up by a series of earlier at-bats. Beckham lined out hard to left field and right field in his first two trips to the plate.
Beckham finally found a hole in the 10th.
“I felt good,” Beckham said. “I felt like I competed well, and went out there and played the game the right way. It worked out at the end. Whether or not they fall for me or not, I can’t control that. I have to keep going out there and play with some passion and hopefully it works out in the end.”