Robin Ventura unhappy after White Sox’ lackluster defeat
BY TONI GINNETTI For Sun-Times Media May 11, 2014 9:38PM
Updated: May 11, 2014 11:29PM
Unhappy White Sox manager Robin Ventura vowed ‘‘something is going to happen’’ to jump-start what he said was a team that ‘‘didn’t show up’’ to play in a 5-1 loss Sunday to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
‘‘It started from the first play of the game [a ball that fell for a triple under tumbling outfielder Alejandro De Aza] and continued on, and it stunk, pretty much the whole thing,’’ said Ventura, who returned to the dugout after attending his daughter’s college graduation Saturday. ‘‘[Sox right-hander] Hector [Noesi] pitched a heck of a game to at least give us a chance. Everything else stunk.
‘‘Something is going to happen. I don’t know what yet, but something. Maybe just in the way you treat them and everything else.’’
The Sox had only one hit through five innings against Diamondbacks rookie Chase Anderson (1-0), who was making his major-league debut. Anderson allowed one run — a home run by Moises Sierra — and two hits and struck out six in 51/3 innings as the Diamondbacks won the rubber game of the series.
Noesi (0-3) yielded three runs and eight hits in six innings.
‘‘He pitched a great game, and no one else showed up,’’ Ventura said.
Captain Paul Konerko, who pinch-hit in the ninth, was less critical.
‘‘A week or two ago, [Sox right-hander] Scott Carroll came up and threw a great game against Tampa Bay, and we didn’t say Tampa Bay [stunk]; we said [Carroll] was really good,’’ Konerko said. ‘‘Guys make good pitches. I didn’t face him, but I was watching him on TV, and he was hitting his spots. A good pitch is a good pitch. It doesn’t matter who it comes from or if it’s his first start. He threw the ball great. Congratulations to him on a great first day. We’ll just move on.’’
Catcher Tyler Flowers said the Sox didn’t quit.
‘‘I guess ‘lethargic’ could be the word, I really don’t know,’’ Flowers said. ‘‘[Anderson] did a good job shutting us down. I guess next time we need to pick up a little more rah-rah . . . to keep everybody motivated and going. [Anderson] just did better than we did.’’
Lead the way
Leadoff man Adam Eaton, who is on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, will accompany the Sox to Oakland, California, before going to Class AAA Charlotte for a rehab session. He might rejoin the team Sunday in Houston.
Left-hander Chris Sale, who has been on the disabled list with a strained flexor tendon in his left arm since mid-April, will throw again Thursday. The Sox haven’t decided, though, whether it will be in a rehab start or just on the side.