Ventura ejected, but he didn’t miss much in White Sox’ 6-2 loss
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com July 23, 2013 10:18PM
Updated: July 23, 2013 11:59PM
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected during the first inning.
He didn’t miss anything good.
In fact, he missed a lot of bad baseball from his last-place team, which fell to the Detroit Tigers 6-2 on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field to fall a season-low 19 games below .500.
Ventura was thrown out of a game for the first time this season by first-base umpire Gary Darling after Darling ruled that first baseman Adam Dunn obstructed Torii Hunter during a routine rundown. Dunn was charged with an error, the first of a season-high four by the Sox, who made three in a 7-3 series-opening loss to the Tigers on Monday.
“A lineup like that, you just can’t play like that and expect to be in the game,” Ventura said. “You give them that many opportunities, and you’re going to pay for it. And even offensively for us, we had chances, and [Tigers starter Rick Porcello] was throwing a good sinker and we were just beating it into the ground. We weren’t helping ourselves either.”
Adding to the unsightly, ongoing run of embarrassing baseball played by the Sox (39-58), center fielder Alejandro De Aza was picked off first base by Porcello (7-6) after he had led off the third with a bunt single.
“Anytime you get something going early and it gets snuffed out, that’s frustrating stuff,” Ventura said. “It takes the hole away. There are a lot of different things that frustrate you, and that’s part of it. It’s stuff that needs to be cleaned up.”
Sox starter Hector Santiago (3-6) hurt his chances with five walks.
The sloppy defense included errors by third baseman Conor Gillaspie, right fielder Alex Rios (on a throw that skipped past catcher Josh Phegley) and left fielder Dayan Viciedo. Three of the six runs allowed by Santiago in his six innings were earned, giving the Tigers eight unearned runs in the last two games.
Viciedo bobbled Hernan Garcia’s triple to the left-center field wall not once but four times, allowing Garcia to score standing up.
The Sox scored their runs in the ninth on Paul Konerko’s two-run double down the right-field line.
“I don’t think anybody saw this coming this year with the way we played last year and we pretty much have the same pieces,” Konerko said. “The ball just got rolling down the hill the wrong way, and we haven’t stopped it. If we knew the answer, if we knew how to stop it ... we’ve tried all different kinds of approaches.
“I know as a team it’s a shame because the staff works hard. We’re on top of things, we really are. Everybody addresses the things as they happen, we just haven’t been able to stop the bleeding when it comes to that stuff. It’s a shame because we’ve cost our pitchers a lot of games where they should have had better chances to win games. It’s definitely a good lesson in showing what defense can do and keep you in games, and this year has been the reverse. It’s tough.
“It’s definitely a contagious thing. We’re that team that can’t stop the bleeding. You come every day with the thought this is the day that we will start our stretch. Win or lose we will be tight on defense. We will make the other team earn a win if they are going to get a win, [but] for the most part we haven’t done that.”