Conor Gillaspie’s fielding better than expected
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 18, 2013 12:32AM
Updated: June 19, 2013 6:23AM
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Along with providing one of the White Sox’ better bats, third baseman Conor Gillaspie has been adequate on defense. That’s saying something because Gillaspie’s glove was something of a minus while the rookie was in the Giants’ farm system.
“The main thing at third is always being ready for the ball, especially with a team like [the Angels] with so many right-hand hitters,’’ Gillaspie said. “If you take a couple pitches off or kind of get lazy on 3-0 or 0-2 and don’t expect a ball, that’s when it gets to you. I’m usually OK when I’m ready. If I’m not is when I make mistakes.’’
Gillaspie has made two errors, one on a spinning cue shot that fooled him last weekend.
“You can’t practice those,’’ he said.
Gillaspie is making the most of his opportunity — he was buried on the Giants’ depth chart — and is taking nothing for granted.
“I’m never satisfied with a whole lot of anything in this game,’’ he said. “That’s how I am. I just want to keep learning, keep making strides and get the most out of myself, whatever that is. I may never know just what that is … that’s just the goal.’’
Out of the woods?
Going into Friday’s game, the Sox had hit .310 with six homers, averaging 5.3 runs a game and getting 10 or more hits in three of them. For a team that ranks at or near the bottom of the AL in most offensive categories, it felt like thunder.
“You like the way it’s going, but what’s big is falling behind and being able to come back,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “You don’t want to fall behind, but before you didn’t have that sense of being able to come back. Now you are fighting and battling through it and it doesn’t have to be a homer. It’s piecing together some hits.
“We had runs like that last year, where we felt like we were going to come back. You stay on top of it and stay into it.’’
Adam Dunn was 6-for-12 with three homers in the last three games and Alex Rios, who hit his 10th homer in the first inning Friday to give the Sox a 1-0 lead, extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
This and that
Saturday starter Hector Santiago ranks third in the American League in opponents average on the road (.167) and fourth in ERA on the road (1.46). The Angels have seen him for only two-thirds of an inning, last September.
◆ The Sox will wear military uniform-style hats and jerseys on Saturday. They will wear the same on Memorial Day against the Cubs.
◆ In what could be his last rehab tuneup before joining the team, left-hander John Danks is scheduled to start for Class AAA Charlotte on Saturday.
◆ Through Thursday, 82 percent of the Sox’ games were decided by three runs or less.