Ozzie won’t back away from calling out team
By DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com July 23, 2011 12:30AM
Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham (0-for-3, two strikeouts) is hit by a pitch in the second inning Friday night at Cleveland. | Jason Miller~Getty Images
Updated: July 23, 2011 7:17PM
CLEVELAND — After having a day off to allow the welt under his right eye to shrink a little and the smoke from his postgame rant to clear after a 2-1 loss at Kansas City on Wednesday night, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen stood by what he said when he questioned his players’ energy and approach at the plate against Bruce Chen .
‘‘I make the comment to my family yesterday: I hope they hate me,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘But every game, after the game I’m shaking those guys’ hands — that’s what I care [about]. My job is to make sure I’m shaking those guys’ hands after the game.’’
Guillen had a minor black eye from taking a foul ball that caromed off a screen and into the dugout Wednesday in a game that was a black eye on the Sox’ season. They had six hits in 11 innings and committed baserunning mistakes, and the winning run scored on a wild pitch in the 11th.
Guillen’s two-minute blast was played all over radio and television.
‘‘As long as I’m here, I want to push as hard as I can, my way, to make those guys play better,’’ he said. ‘‘My problem was I [didn’t] see the energy and enthusiasm out there. Maybe it was me. But that’s what I see. We have to be better than this. I think I get so frustrated because I think we have a better ballclub than we show.’’
Pierre knows drill
Juan Pierre is batting .356 since June 26 despite going 0-for-4 on Friday against the Indians.
When Pierre was off to a rough start both defensively and with the bat, his contract — which is up after the season — couldn’t expire fast enough for a fan base dying to see minor-league slugger Dayan Viciedo in the outfield. Or Jordan Danks, or Alejandro De Aza.
Pierre’s average is up to .273, but there’s little doubt this will be his last season, even though the Sox will need to find a new leadoff man. He’s making $8.5 million, his stolen bases (15-for-26) are way down off his major-league high of 68 last season, and he turns 34 next month.
‘‘I know how it works,’’ he said, ‘‘with young guys being ready and stuff. I would love to be back here because they gave me the chance to play here. But it’s out of my control. Whether they think it was a bad trade for getting me or wasted their time, I will always be grateful to the White Sox organization.’’
Lost in the fire
Sergio Santos’ streak of 22 games with a strikeout — the longest by a Sox reliever since at least 1918 — ended Wednesday. Roberto He rn andez had a streak of 17 games in 2002. Santos faced one batter and the at-bat ended with a strike that was the game-ending wild pitch.