Robin Ventura blasts White Sox after Yankees’ big 4th inning
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter September 2, 2013 8:23PM
Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez tries, but fails, to grab a ball thrown by first baseman Adam Dunn during the fourth inning of the baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in New York. Dunn was charged with a throwing error. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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The starters: Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89).
Updated: September 2, 2013 11:18PM
NEW YORK — White Sox manager Robin Ventura rarely rips his players, if at all, but watching the debacle that unfolded during the Yankees’ eight-run fourth inning pushed him slightly over the edge.
“We’re going to have to get better,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘You find somebody else in the offseason.’’
A throwing error by Adam Dunn, a dropped pop-up by Josh Phegley and a slow attempt at turning a double play by Alexei Ramirez added to pitcher Dylan Axelod giving up seven hits in the inning.
Left fielder Alejandro De Aza overran a Derek Jeter single in the first. The Sox lost their fourth in a row on the road trip.
“You’ve got to be able to catch the ball,’’ Ventura said. “It’s the major leagues. You have to be able to catch the ball and play good defense, otherwise you’re not going to win games.’’
Asked if it was a low point, Ventura said, “We’ve had them before. This ain’t the only one. Where we’re at, we’ve had quite a few of them, so it just has to pick up from here. We can’t go backwards at this point.
“Just terrible baseball. The rest of the way out we’ve got guys you’re kind of evaluating for next year, so it just has to get better.
Help on the way
The arrival of minor-league right-hander Erik Johnson on Tuesday, coupled with recent poor performances by Hector Santiago and Andre Rienzo, has re-jiggered the Sox’ rotation for the near future.
Johnson could start Wednesday, which the Sox have listed as TBA. Saturday is also TBA, and Ventura said lefty Charlie Leesman is in the mix for a possible start soon.
Johnson will be joined by reliever Daniel Webb, infielder Marcus Semien and catcher Miguel Gonzalez as minor-league call-ups.
Santiago, who walked five in 32/3 innings in his last start Friday in Boston, was pushed back one day to Thursday. John Danks also will get an extra day of rest.
Johnson, a 2011 second-round pick out of California, is 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA between Class AAA and AA this season. He has 131 strikeouts over 142 innings.
Konerko passes Ripken
Paul Konerko’s solo home run Monday moved him past Cal Ripken Jr. into 44th place all-time. Konerko has 432, including 10 this year.
“He’s the model of how you want to do it out there, so that’s kind of cool,’’ Konerko said.