Royals thwart Sox’ bid for 3-game win streak
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com June 23, 2013 5:04PM
Chicago White Sox's Adam hits a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Updated: June 23, 2013 6:41PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With two bobbles and in one fell swoop, Jesse Crain’s franchise-record streak can to an abrupt end. So did White Sox’ chance of sweeping the Kansas City Royals.
Crain, working on a scoreless appearance streak of 29, bobbled Elliott Johnson’s bunt to load the bases with no outs in the eighth, then walked in a run before shortstop Alexei Ramirez let a would-be inning-inning grounder by Alcides Escobar bounce off his glove, scoring the tying and go-ahead runs in Kansas City’s 7-6 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Just when the Sox were on the verge of something good, they added another tale of bad to their season of woe.
“I’m just glad I get to shave now,” said Crain, whose playoff-style hockey beard stayed intact as the streak went on. “It’s a tough way to lose the game. We had a chance to sweep but we’ve just got to look forward to the next game.”
Ramirez has made 12 errors, tying his total of last year. It was his second on the completed 3-7 road trip that cost two runs and two games.
“He didn’t catch it,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “That’s why it’s an error. It was a tough one.’’
Ramirez declined to speak with reporters after the game.
The errors were the 52nd and 53rd of the for the Sox.
Crain, a shortstop in college, was just overaggressive on the play trying to get a force at third.
“Jesse is semi-human,’’ Ventura said.
“It’s baseball for you,” Crain said. “I don’t make a bunt play and I could have been out of it and another ball finds a way to sneak through. You’ve got to have a lot of luck to have a streak like that, guys make good plays behind you and sometimes you have to battle through things and sometimes mistakes are made by me, most importantly.”
The Sox left 10 runners on base.
Adam Dunn homered for the 20th time, a two-run shot to center field against James Shields. It was the 426th homer of his career, tying him with former Cub Billy Williams. Dunn is on pace for 44, which would be the second highest total of his career. He has topped 40 six times, including 46 in 2004.
Dunn also drove in two runs with a single in the first inning, giving him four RBI and 48 for the season.
Dunn has not hit above .230 for any month since joining the Sox before the 2011 season, but he is hitting .284 in June with eight homers. He batted .156 in April and May.
Gordon Beckham’s two-run double that bounced off the center field fence broke a 4-all tie in the seventhi inning. Beckham (2-for-4) is batting .323 with six doubles over the last 17 games.