Jesse Crain’s scoreless streak over at 29 games
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com June 23, 2013 10:24PM
Kansas City Royals' Elliot Johnson (23) and David Lough (7) celebrate after scoring on a fielding error hit into by Alcides Escobar during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) ORG XMIT: MOCR126
Updated: July 25, 2013 6:41AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With two bobbles and in one fell swoop, Jesse Crain’s franchise-record streak came to an abrupt end. So did the White Sox’ chance of sweeping the Royals.
Crain, working on a streak of 29 scoreless appearances, bobbled Elliot Johnson’s bunt to load the bases with no outs in the eighth, then walked in a run before shortstop Alexei Ramirez let a would-be inning-ending grounder by Alcides Escobar bounce off his glove, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score in Kansas City’s 7-6 victory on Sunday.
Ramirez has made 12 errors, tying his total of last year. It was his second on the completed 3-7 road trip that cost two runs and two games.
“He didn’t catch it,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “That’s why it’s an error. It was a tough one.’’
Ramirez declined to speak with reporters after the game.
The errors were the 52nd and 53rd for the Sox.
Crain, a shortstop in college, was just over-aggressive on the play, trying to get a force at third.
“Jesse is semi-human,’’ Ventura said.
The Sox left 10 runners on base.
Dunn ties Williams
Adam Dunn homered for the 20th time, a two-run shot to center field against James Shields. It was the 426th homer of his career, tying him with former Cub Billy Williams. Dunn is on pace for 44, which would be the second-highest total of his career. He has topped 40 six times, including 46 in 2004.
Dunn also drove in two runs with a single in the first, giving him four RBI and 48 for the season.
Dunn has not hit above .230 for any month since joining the Sox before the 2011 season, but he’s hitting .284 in June with eight homers. He batted .156 in April and May.
Days of rest
The Sox have the flexibility to alter their rotation with days off Monday, Thursday and next Monday. A doubleheader against the Indians is scheduled Friday to make up a postponed game.
“I imagine Friday will be the earliest we’d do anything,” Ventura said.
Teams can bring up an extra player for such doubleheaders. While right-hander Erik Johnson — who gave up a run in six innings (despite five walks) in his Class AAA debut Sunday — is a possibility, the Sox could pitch lefties Hector Santiago and Jose Quintana on both ends of the doubleheader on six and five days of rest, respectively.
Dylan Axelrod failed to finish the fifth inning, giving up 10 hits in 42/3 innings. In his last three starts (142/3 innings), he has given up 28 hits, including six home runs. No. 8 and No. 9 hitters George Kottaras and Jarrod Dyson hit back-to-back homers against him in the fifth.
Gordon Beckham’s two-run double that bounced off the center-field fence broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning. Beckham (2-for-4) is batting .323 with six doubles over the last 17 games.
A day game Saturday allowed the Sox to watch the Blackhawks win Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final that night. ‘‘You see the passion of playoff hockey and what they’re willing to do when they’re out there,’’ Ventura said. “It’s great to watch, it’s great for the city, and you want them to close it out.’’