Robin Ventura on Sox’ growing error total: ‘It’s not acceptable’
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org May 11, 2013 11:14PM
It didn’t count as an error, but Albert Pujols slides home after a passed ball by Tyler Flowers in the third. Jose Quintana is late with the tag. | Nam Y. Huh~AP
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Updated: June 13, 2013 7:30PM
Manager Robin Ventura continues to stress the need for better defense from his players, repeating it Saturday in a meeting with the team.
But the White Sox committed three more errors against the Los Angeles Angels in a 3-2 loss after committing two Friday.
Center fielder Alejandro De Aza mishandled Josh Hamilton’s double in the first inning. In the third, second baseman Tyler Greene misplayed Hamilton’s routine grounder. In the fifth, first baseman Adam Dunn dropped Albert Pujols’ pop-up, but he still threw him out when pitcher Jose Quintana alertly covered the bag.
Ventura, a former Gold Glove third baseman, has seen his team fall into a tie with the Angels for last in the American League with 27 errors in 34 games.
The Sox didn’t commit their 25th error last season until their 56th game, but this time it came in Game 34.
‘‘It’s more staying on top of it,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘It’s not acceptable, and they understand that. You work at it and preach [because] you can’t win unless you play good defense.’’
Gordon Beckham is ‘‘antsy’’ to return, but the timetable for his minor-league rehab assignment has to be determined.
But he knows his return and that of rehabbing pitcher John Danks aren’t the only answers for the White Sox’ struggles.
‘‘We all just have to play better in general,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s not one or two guys coming back. We just have to play better, hit a little better and field better. We just all have to step it up a little more.’’
Beckham said he has increased his workouts with conditioning coach Allen Thomas.
‘‘I’m anxious to get back out there,’’ he said.
Beckham is doing swing drills now, hitting off a tee as he recovers from surgery to remove the
hamate bone in his left hand. Fielding will be less of a problem because the surgery was on his glove hand and he will wear extra padding for protection.
Beckham hopes to return in two weeks, perhaps by the next homestand.
Third baseman Conor Gillaspie was scratched from the original lineup because of an upper-respiratory infection. But Ventura already had shuffled the order to try to shake things up, moving Jeff Keppinger down, first to eighth but later to seventh when Greene replaced Gillaspie in the lineup. Greene batted ninth and catcher Tyler Flowers eighth. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez batted second, a move Ventura also employed last week in New York against the Mets.
Keppinger played third
“It’s more just mixing it up,’’ Ventura said.
The Sox are 2-10 in the first games of series after losing the first game of the weekend series against the Angels. Their overall series record is 3-4-4.
‘‘Winning games is important . . . but winning series is where you want to go,’’ Ventura said.