White Sox back on track with 8-2 win over Giants
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter June 17, 2014 9:56PM
Updated: June 17, 2014 10:41PM
A four-game losing streak. The Giants in town for two games. And a tough 11-game road trip coming up next.
The White Sox were at a place where everything decent they had scrounged up in the first 21/2 months could get away from them in a hurry.
It was a good time to dig in and push back.
“You don’t want to give life to some bad games,’’ second baseman Gordon Beckham said before the Sox defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-2 on Tuesday night before 25,278 at U.S. Cellular Field. “Because we play so many games, we have to get back on the horse and start riding again. It’s not rocket science. You just have to show up, do the work and come away with a win. Get one, and you can steamroll the other way.’’
Beckham, who had two hits in his previous 16 at-bats, did his share by belting his fifth home run with Adam Eaton on base in the third inning, a game-tying shot after John Danks (6-5) had fallen behind 2-0.
“You don’t give life to negative things or that whole aura of losing,’’ Beckham said. “You leave the park and come back the next day with a fresh outlook.’’
The stated pregame theme in the Sox’ clubhouse was that the Sox ran into a buzz saw in the Kansas City Royals, who defeated the Tigers for the second straight night Tuesday after sweeping the Sox at home over the weekend.
The Royals have won nine straight and took over first place in the AL Central.
“We’re not playing that bad; the Royals are red-hot,’’ Beckham said. “You see what they’re doing to Detroit. They’re scoring a lot of runs.
“Just because we lost, there’s no need to panic.’’
Tyler Flowers, fighting an 0-for-23 slump, coaxed a bases-loaded walk from Matt Cain (1-5) to break the tie. Eaton reached on an infield single to score a run, and shortstop Brandon Crawford’s throw past first baseman Michael Morse allowed another to score.
Adam Dunn collected his 30th RBI with a two-out single in the fifth, and two batters later, Dayan Viciedo’s two-run homer made it 8-2.
One big-league scout said if leadoff man Eaton — who had two singles, a run and an RBI — continues to hit and make things happen, the Sox’ lineup should produce enough to keep them competitive, but their defensive flaws and a shortage of depth on the pitching staff will make .500 or above a challenge.
“I thought they were overachieving [in April and May], and if everything worked out and they stayed healthy, they could make a run at it,’’ the scout said. “But they have some question marks in their bullpen and rotation.
“But this is the most exciting Sox team I’ve seen in years. They don’t quit, and they play the game right way. They play hard, and there is something to be said for that.’’
There was something to be said for Sox pitching Tuesday. Danks gave up two runs (one earned) and five hits over 61/3 innings. One hit was Hunter Pence’s 10th homer, a solo shot in the first.