Gordon Beckham fans three times in White Sox return
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 24, 2014 9:39PM
HOW THEY SCORED
White Sox SECOND A.Dunn homered to center on a 1-1 count. One run. White Sox 1, Tigers 0.
Tigers second V.Martinez flied out. Tor.Hunter flied out. A.Jackson tripled. Castellanos singled, A.Jackson scored. One run. White Sox 1, Tigers 1.
Tigers third Worth flied out. R.Davis lined out. Kinsler singled. On Quintana’s wild pitch, Kinsler to second. Mi.Cabrera singled, Kinsler scored. One run. Tigers 2, White Sox 1.
Tigers fifth Holaday flied out. Worth infield single. Worth was caught stealing, Worth out. R.Davis homered to left on a full count. One run. Tigers 3, White Sox 1.
White Sox sixth Viciedo tripled. Al.Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly, Viciedo scored. One run. Tigers 3, White Sox 2.
Tigers seventh Cleto pitching. Castellanos struck out. Holaday infield single. On Cleto’s wild pitch, Holaday to second. Worth walked on a full count. R.Davis infield single, Holaday to third, Worth to second. Kinsler fouled out. D.Webb pitching. Mi.Cabrera singled, Holaday scored, Worth scored, R.Davis to third. Two runs. Tigers 5, White Sox 2.
White Sox eighth Chamberlain pitching. A.Dunn doubled. Viciedo singled, A.Dunn to third. Al.Ramirez singled, A.Dunn scored, Viciedo to second. De Aza grounded into fielder’s choice, Viciedo to third, Al.Ramirez out. De Aza stole second, D Viciedo scored on throwing error by Holaday. Two runs. Tigers 5, White Sox 4.
Tigers eighth Tor.Hunter grounded out. A.Jackson walked. Castellanos singled, A.Jackson to third. Holaday singled, A.Jackson scored, Castellanos to second. Worth flied out. R.Davis doubled, Castellanos scored, Holaday to third. Two runs. Tigers 7, White Sox 4.
Updated: May 26, 2014 6:37AM
DETROIT — Gordon Beckham arrived a couple of hours before the game Thursday at Comerica Park, in time to start at second base against the Detroit Tigers. Beckham was not on manager Robin Ventura’s original lineup card, but his arrival and third baseman Conor Gillaspie’s scratch because of a sore hand, which is becoming more than just a little problem, got him into the game to face Max Scherzer.
Welcome back to the majors.
Beckham struck out three consecutive times against the 2013 Cy Young winner before grounding out against Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning.
“There’s not a lot of Max Scherzers throwing around Double-A, I’ll tell you that,’’ Beckham said “But it’s one of those days. He was good. He had his stuff. I helped him out a bunch, but he had good stuff.’’
Rookie Marcus Semien, who has manned Beckham’s spot while Beckham recovered from a strained left oblique, was in the lineup at third and will likely be there for at least the next few days while Gillaspie recovers.
“I’m having a hard time using my hand,’’ Gillaspie said. “If I can’t do that, it’s pretty tough to play.’’
“We’re just going day by day, trying to figure out exactly how much he needs,’’ Ventura said. “It’s just in a sensitive spot [the soft area below the thumb]. He’s available if something comes up and you need him to do something. Right now, if we can get away without him having to do anything, it would be better.’’
It’s Beckham’s spot
Semien, who hit a go-ahead grand slam in the Sox’ 8-6 victory Wednesday, has played well in Beckham’s place. But Beckham is the starter.
“You just don’t lose that spot because you’re hurt, so we expect him to be in there,’’ Ventura said. “As of right now, Marcus would get the majority of time at third if for some reason Conor wasn’t able to come back right away. We’ll figure it out as we go along. Probably a day-by-day thing of trying to figure out who’s available and what you can do, things like that.’’
If and when all are healthy and the Sox call up a 12th pitcher before Sunday, a decision on whether to keep Semien playing less than full time or send him to Class AAA Charlotte to play every day might have to be made. It would be a tough call.
Semien is batting .235 but ranks second among major-league rookies with 13 RBI, trailing only teammate Jose Abreu (21). He’s the only player with three home runs in the seventh inning or later to put his team in the lead.
Beckham batted .163 with a .234 on-base percentage at Class AA Birmingham, which he attributes to not being 100 percent healthy while he was there. He said he’s 100 percent now.
Eaton might play Friday
Center fielder Adam Eaton, who missed a fifth consecutive start because of a strain behind his left knee, might play Friday, when the Sox open a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field. Eaton has been hitting the last two days.
“He’s close,’’ Ventura said. “He was begging for [Thursday], but I would say [Friday] is a possibility depending on how he runs around.’’
With three singles, catcher Tyler Flowers (.375) already has seven multihit games. He had nine all of last season. He caught a day game after a night game for the third time, which is fine with him.
“I usually feel good in the morning anyway,’’ he said.