For Konerko and Sox, it’s foul territory
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org August 4, 2013 10:31PM
Updated: August 4, 2013 10:55PM
DETROIT — It took 12 innings, but the White Sox went down again Sunday, this time by a 3-2 count on Torii Hunter’s single against Dylan Axelrod that scored pinch runner Matt Tuiasosopo from second base.
The losing streak hit 10, the loss was the 16th in the last 19 games and for the first time in franchise history, the Sox (40-69) were winless on a road trip of seven or more games.
It’s the franchise’s first 10-game skid since 1976. For the entire clubhouse, this is uncharted, unwanted and unacceptable territory.
‘‘There are not too many people in here, myself included, that have experience with what’s happening here,’’ said Paul Konerko, 37, whose homer in the ninth inning against Drew Smyly tied it. ‘‘I’ve always been lucky to be on teams that just . . . I was never on a team like this, and a lot of the guys are the same way. So we’re just trying to get through, and you just try to do the best you can at the moments you’re in there playing and making decisions to do stuff.
‘‘That’s it. There’s nothing. There are not a lot of positives. You have to try to find them as best you can personally and as a team.’’
The Sox played an error-free game and had 10 hits. Tyler Flowers was doubled off second on a soft fly that shortstop Jhonny Peralta ran down, and Alejandro De Aza did not tag on a short liner to center by Alex Rios. Manager Robin Ventura gave both a pass, and the Sox viewed it as a relatively well-played game.
‘‘I mean, we’re trying to break it down at this point to just whatever game we got,’’ Konerko said. ‘‘That’s the biggest thing we have going for us is playing that game. You go out and you play hard and get good pitching, get some hitting and play a good ballgame against a good team.
‘‘And then you wind up losing at the end of it. And then suddenly it gets connected to all the other ones we’ve had. When we’re out there, we’re playing the game for what it is, and we’re playing hard and attacking it right. It’s just not happening.
‘‘The schedule keeps coming at you, and before we know it, we’ll be on the field tomorrow night, and that’s where we have to focus.’’