White Sox end an ugly April with an ugly 6-2 loss to Baltimore
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org April 30, 2011 9:50PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Manager Ozzie Guillen is learning about what White Sox fans are going through.
Forced to watch his team from somewhere other than the ballpark during his two-game suspension, Guillen admitted viewing Sox games on TV is more agonizing than watching them from the dugout.
‘‘It was painful to watch as a fan,’’ Guillen said of the Sox’ six-run loss
Friday to the Baltimore Orioles. ‘‘On TV, they show the replays. At least watching here, you only see it once. I feel sorry for [broadcasters] Hawk [Harrelson] and Steve Stone. You have to be a White Sox fan to talk the way they were — very positive, pulling for us. . . . You can hear the booing on TV, too.’’
The boos were loud again in a 6-2 loss Saturday — the Sox’ fourth in a row — despite another good outing from starter Phil Humber (2-3), who allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. Brian Roberts doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the first, and Robert Andino hit a solo home run in the third.
The Orioles led 2-1 after seven innings, then broke the game open with four runs in the eighth. It was another rough outing for lefty Matt Thornton, who yielded four runs (three earned), three hits, a walk and a wild pitch in a third of an inning.
‘‘We saw this last year,’’ first baseman Paul Konerko said, drawing comparisons between the Sox’
10-18 record this April and their 9-14 mark in April 2010. ‘‘Everyone is
doing their best to not let it go
‘‘Right now, I don’t look at the
record. You have to try to look [at the] big picture. . . . If we’re a .500 team in May, no one would count you out. That’s the big picture to me. The small picture is you have to win tomorrow.’’
Guillen will return today, but he never really left the Sox’ woes.
As he moved into a new home Friday, he was greeted by a mover whose first words were, ‘‘What’s wrong with you guys?’’
Bench coach Joey Cora, who filled in as manager in Guillen’s absence, pointed to ‘‘some positives’’ Satur-
day, including Alex Rios’ ninth-
inning homer, his first round-tripper of the season. Rios also drove in the Sox’ other run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. It was the only run in an inning that saw the Sox load the bases with no outs.
‘‘I thought Humber pitched great,’’ Cora said. ‘‘You take some positives out of the game. Humber keeps doing well. Rios had a homer. Let’s hope that gets him going. It can’t be all negative. It was better than [Friday]. I thought the effort was good and Humber was great. He’ll win games if he keeps pitching like that.’’
Humber was coming off a one-hit, seven-inning performance Monday against the New York Yankees.
‘‘We wanted to win tonight and didn’t get the job done,’’ he said. ‘‘As far as anything personal, I went deep into the game, but we didn’t get the win. I wish I could take one pitch [to Andino] back, and not
being there to cover home in the first [on the wild pitch] bit us.
‘‘Right now, we’re not scoring runs, but I feel that will turn around. I really think once we bust out of it, it will be something great to watch.’’
At least the month is changing for the Sox. Will the results?
‘‘It’s got to come from the players,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘They have to say, ‘Screw everything.’ . . . You try to figure out why you’re not hitting or pitching well, you won’t find the answer. Just throw everything in the garbage and start over.
‘‘I don’t get paid to finish .500. You finish .500 in this division, and that’s third or fourth place. We built a ballclub we thought could win a
division and at least compete. I don’t expect the White Sox or Detroit or Minnesota to stay where they are [in the bottom part of the American League Central], but I also don’t
expect Cleveland and Kansas City to not continue to play well.’’