Shoddy defense hurts Quintana, White Sox in loss to Dodgers

Shoddy defense hurts Quintana, White Sox in loss to Dodgers
June 3, 2014, 12:45 am
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LOS ANGELES -- The White Sox defense is on pace to commit more errors than it made last season.

Even so, there have been few occasions where the mistakes added up to a loss.

The White Sox weren’t so fortunate on Monday as two of three errors keyed a five-run rally in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Conor Gillaspie made one miscue in the five-run sixth inning and Gordon Beckham, who made two errors, had the other.

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The White Sox have 47 errors this season and are on pace for 129, which is eight more than they made in 2013.

“I should have stepped on the base,” Gillaspie said. “You know, it’s just one of those things that happened and it is what it is. I wish I could go back and do it again, but it doesn’t work that way.

“I’ve made that play a million times. I just didn’t get a good seam on the ball and it was a little sinker I threw over there. It was a bad throw.”

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Jose Quintana held a 2-0 lead and was in the midst of a gem in the sixth inning before his defense intervened. With one out and one on, Matt Kemp reached on a Beckham error.

Quintana struck out red-hot Yaisel Puig for the second out and then got cleanup man Hanley Ramirez to hit a grounder to third. On the play, Gillaspie opted for the long throw to first instead of tagging the base and skipped his throw past Jose Abreu to allow a run to score. With runners on the corner, Adrian Gonzalez then singled off Quintana’s glove to tie it.

It snowballed from there and the Dodgers grabbed a three-run lead courtesy of Justin Turner’s two-run single and Drew Butera’s RBI single.

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None of the five runs Quintana allowed was earned.

“When you don’t play defense and you give a team like that opportunities you leave that little crack in the door open and they kicked it wide open,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Those are two tough at-bats, you’ve got Puig and Hanley coming up. Should have got out of it and we didn’t and once you don’t you’re giving four or five outs the other way, you’re going to get hurt.”

Quintana gave up six hits and walked two over six innings. He struck out five and lowered his ERA to 3.31.

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“Throw a good game, but sometimes I don’t have control of the situation,” Quintana said. “I lost my good chance to win this game. But that's going to happen in baseball, you just keep going.”

The White Sox have worked hard since the first day of spring to right their poor defensive play. Players said Ventura and his staff were strict when it came to defensive practice prior to games.

Even though the errors have added up the White Sox believe they’re a better defensive club than they were last season.

“We’ve been all right,” Ventura said. “We haven’t had the one that really kills you. But (Monday) it wasn’t a good day of defense.”