Beckham’s struggles not related to spot in lineup
BY TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter August 26, 2013 10:49PM
AT WHITE SOX
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The starters: Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67).
Updated: August 27, 2013 9:43AM
Gordon Beckham’s season has been an up-and-down story of injuries and comebacks after he missed the first six weeks for surgery on his hamate bone.
He rebounded to reach .313, but his average has fallen in the last eight games to .292 entering Monday hitting from the second spot.
He is hitting .324 batting eighth but .215 batting second.
‘‘He came back from his injury and he’s doing pretty good but there are still lingering things that are probably more the reason [for recent slump] than the batting order,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘He’s battled through a couple of different things this year. He’s still playing well.’’
Beckham hit safely in five of his last six games before going 0-for-4 Monday with a walk.
But Beckham continues to play well defensively, without an error in the last 34 games.
Bench coach Mark Parent ‘‘pretty much expected’’ he would be ejected for his words to crew chief Jerry Layne in Sunday’s lineup exchange.
Parent was still angry about ‘‘some things’’ that happened in Friday and Saturday’s games against Texas. On Friday, Ventura was ejected after arguing about Ian Kinsler’s inside-the-park home run. On Saturday the Sox objected to Alexei Ramirez being called out on a play at home.
‘‘We started talking. We had a little disagreement. It got out of hand and he decided to throw me out,’’ Parent said. ‘‘It always feels good [after you vent], but it costs you money. I didn’t feel bad about it when it happened. But I felt bad I wasn’t in the game to help the club and Robin.
“I thought it was something I needed to say—and I don’t get to see [the umpires] very often.’’
Getting it Dunn
Adam Dunn hit a two-run home run in the sixth to join Jim Thome as the only Sox left-handed hitters to have consecutive and multiple seasons of at least 30 home runs.
Dunn is hitting .307 in August and .300 since June 8 with 17 home runs and 48 RBI.
He has turned around his season by hitting more to the opposite field.
‘‘Now we’re seeing teams don’t play the big shift on him,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘You don’t see the second baseman out in right field. It makes it a little more fair for him when he goes to the plate, making them a little more honest about playing him straight up.’’
Ventura credits the veteran slugger for making the adjustment.
‘‘I don’t think it’s always that easy [to say] ‘just hit the ball to left field.’ You grow up hitting a certain way and that’s the way you hit for most of your life. But he’s made an adjustment to kind of [make defenses] be a little more honest.’’
Right-handed pitcher Brad Goldberg, the team’s 10th round pick in the June draft is 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 15 combined games at Advanced-Rookie Great Falls, Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem.