Frustrated Cooper rips into Santiago, Ramirez
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter September 1, 2013 12:38AM
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:54AM
BOSTON — White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper didn’t mince words venting about Hector Santiago’s latest bout with wildness. And while he was at it, Cooper couldn’t help but question shortstop Alexei Ramirez’s approach at the plate during the first inning of the 4-3 loss Friday to the Red Sox.
First, Santiago, who walked five and got pulled in the fourth inning after throwing a whopping 101 pitches:
“Walks suck, walks suck, walks suck,’’ Cooper said. “Unacceptable. That’s not a good game. That’s a messy game. That wouldn’t work in [Class] A ball. It’s not going to work against any good team in the [bleeping] big leagues. Every inning last night was a problem, so it wasn’t a good game by him.’’
Cooper also was annoyed by Ramirez hitting a double-play grounder to shortstop on the first pitch he saw from Ryan Dempster, who had walked Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham to start the game.
“Compiled with that first inning, [bleep], you get two on via the walk, and the first pitch [is a double play],’’ Cooper said. “Now come on. Some of the stuff that is showing up in games, we got to eliminate it.
“We cannot give teams runs. We aren’t that good. We gave them runs because our pitcher was unable to throw consistent strikes. I expect to get better and not worse as the season is going on.’’
Cooper can’t be faulted for his frustration. Sox pitchers have been backed by a defense that ranks 13th in the American League in fielding percentage and an offense that ranks last in runs. He and the pitching staff have taken the high road all season by not calling anyone out for a lack of support.
Manager Robin Ventura protects his players publicly, and he stopped short of criticizing Ramirez after the game for not taking at least a pitch in that situation.
“You know, if it’s a hit, everybody’s happy, and if he hits into a double play, everybody is scratching their heads,’’ Ventura said.
Leesman, Anderson called up
Left-hander Charlie Leesman and catcher Bryan Anderson will be the first September call-ups from Class AAA Charlotte to join the Sox, Ventura said. They are expected in Boston on Sunday.
A couple more call-ups, possibly right-handers Erik Johnson and Daniel Webb, are expected in New York early next week. The Sox haven’t determined whether more will follow.
Leesman, 26, pitched five innings in a start Aug. 9 against the Twins. He allowed one run, four hits and five walks and struck out eight. At Charlotte, he was 4-3 with a 3.87 ERA, 78 strikeouts and 41 walks in 881/3 innings.
Leesman will work out of the bullpen, although Ventura did not rule out a spot start.
Anderson, 26, hit .224 in 64 games at Charlotte.
Avisail Garcia played center field with Jordan Danks in right Saturday. Some view Garcia as a right fielder, but the Sox want to see how he handles center. Garcia played both in his first game with the Sox, started his second in center and played two of the last three in center. In between, he started every game in right.