White Sox continue to lose ‘ugly’
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 20, 2013 3:24PM
Updated: June 20, 2013 4:23PM
MINNEAPOLIS – The White Sox tailspin only gets worse. The Minnesota Twins’ 8-4 victory on Thursday afternoon at Target Field completed a three-game sweep over the swooning South Siders, giving them seven losses in their last eight games and 17 in their last 22.
On the 30-year anniversary of the “Winning Ugly” division championship season in 1983, “losing ugly” has become the Sox way in 2013.
Second baseman Gordon Beckham committed an error in each game against the Twins, and shortstop Alexei Ramirez made one on a routine ground ball Thursday that led to two unearned Twins runs after the Sox had cut their deficit to 6-4 on back-to-back homers by Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn in the sixth.
The Sox error total climbed to 51, placing them in the bottom three of the American League a year after they led the AL in fielding percentage.
Left-hander John Danks (1-4) had his worst outing of the season, allowing a career high four home runs and 12 hits overall in five innings. Danks struck out two and did not walk a batter.
The homers were hit by the Twins No. 7, 8, 9 and leadoff batters in their lineup, the first time in franchise history that has been accomplished. Oswaldo Arcia, Clete Thomas, former Sox Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier each went deep, Thomas and Escobar in back-to-back fashion in the fourth inning.
Dunn’s homer was the 425th of his career, moving him to within one of former Cub Billy Williams on the all-time list.
The Sox loaded the bases in the ninth inning after two out, bringing Alex Rios up as the tying run, but Rios flied out to the warning track in left field against Jared Burton to end the game.
There was one other bright note. Sox right-hander Jesse Crain pitched a scoreless inning in relief, his 28th in a row to break J.J. Putz’s club record set in 2010.
The Sox complete a 10-game road trip with a three-game series against the Royals in Kansas City beginning Friday night.