Viciedo's up-and-down day ends well

July, 25, 2012
7/25/12
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CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo had a day to remember at the plate and a day to forget in the field during his team’s 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on a humid Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Ron Vesely/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesDayan Viciedo had four RBIs in Wednesday's win.

Viciedo’s up-and-down day began on the positive side as he drove in two runs on a single to center field in the second inning and put the White Sox ahead 2-1.

It then took a swing the other way when Viciedo dropped a fly ball in left field in the fourth inning. It was his first error in 109 games at all positions and his first in 82 games in left field. He had the longest errorless streak on the White Sox.

“It was one of those you work hard at it, but you figure at some point it might happen,” Viciedo said through team translator Jackson Miranda. “Unfortunately for me, today was that day. Keep on going out there and practicing, so it doesn’t happen again.”

Viciedo made up for his error in a big way in the bottom of half of the inning. On a 1-1 pitch, Viciedo drove a fastball to direct center field over the wall for a two-run home run to give the White Sox a 6-2 lead. It was his 16th home run and gave him 50 RBIs on the season.

In the fifth inning, Viciedo’s troubles in left field continued. Denard Span hit the ball into shallow left field, and Viciedo attempted a headfirst diving catch. He missed the ball, the bill of his cap collided with the grass, and then his head followed. He was shaken up and the team’s trainer went out to check on him, but he remained in the game.

“I’m OK,” Viciedo said. “It’s one of those where I actually, when I hit the ground, the bill of the cap actually ended up hitting the ground first and then hit my head. Thank goodness, I’m OK.”

Again, Viciedo redeemed himself in the bottom of the inning as he doubled to left field. He finished the day 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run and four RBIs.

In the past two games, Viciedo went 5-for-9 with six RBIs and raised his average to .262, which is the highest it’s been since June 17.

“I actually do feel really good about the swing,” Viciedo said. “The biggest thing for me right now is not to hurry things, just kind of stay even keel and stay in a good rhythm.”

All in all, White Sox manager Robin Ventura was happy to take the good with the bad from Viciedo in the White Sox’s win.

“It’s nice that you want him to catch that [fly ball on the error] and be able to do that defensively,” Ventura said. “Again, what he’s doing offensively as far as his approach, you can tell by the way he’s hitting the ball, just the velocity coming off the bat, he feels pretty good at the plate.”


Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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