White Sox’ Adam Dunn a little tardy at plate
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com September 20, 2011 10:32PM
Alejandro De Aza smacks a two-run double in the sixth inning of the second game Tuesday. | Jason Miller~Getty Images
Updated: November 10, 2011 3:13PM
CLEVELAND — Paul Konerko took one on the hip. Gordon Beckham got it on the number on his back. And Alexei Ramirez got drilled on his left shoulder. Three pitches, three direct hits, each player wrapped in ice after the Sox salvaged a split of their day-night doubleheader with a 5-4 victory Tuesday night against the Indians.
This win really hurt.
Beckham had three doubles before Josh Judy, who hit Brent Lillibridge with a pitch in Chicago that ended his season, got Beckham in the ninth. Two batters later, it was Ramirez’s turn to wear it.
“We’re obviously upset, but I don’t think they were throwing at them,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Kids from the minor leagues finding their way. That’s part of the process.’’
If retaliation is part of the process, it wasn’t forthcoming from Sox pitchers, at least for the time being in a one-run game. Mark Buehrle starts for the Sox on Wednesday night.
“The guy didn’t have control, and he let it slip on a couple,’’ Beckham said. “But after you see Paul get hit and Alexei [in Game 1] and then two more, obviously it wasn’t intentional . . . there were just a lot of hit batsmen.’’
If Sox batters don’t feel like they’re being protected by their pitchers, they need only point to these numbers: Sox batters have been hit 82 times. Sox pitchers have hit opposing batters 41 times.
Konerko was more visibly upset than usual after getting hit.
Beckham’s three-double game was the first by a Sox player since Aaron Rowand against Kansas City in 2005.
“I had a different feel mentally that I haven’t had in a while, and it was really good to have,’’ Beckham said. “I was hungry, and I wanted it more than I ever have in the last month, and it felt good.’’
A little too late
Adam Dunn lined two opposite-field doubles in Game 1. It was the first time this season he has had back-to-back multihit games. Dunn repeated that he doesn’t want to talk about his rough season after it’s over.
“I don’t know what Dr. Phil or anyone would say about it, but that’s the way I’m going to go about it,’’ Dunn said. “It’s been obviously a hard season, not just for me, but for my family and everyone that’s associated with me. So I think everyone wants to put it behind them, too.’’
Sergio Santos has an 11.22 ERA in September after he entered the month at 2.63. Before the game, Guillen said he wanted to keep Santos’ confidence level up, but that didn’t keep him from going to Chris Sale to close Game 2. Sale got the last five outs for his seventh save.