CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura has nothing against home runs.
Ventura was pleased to see four of them on Friday in a 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. It’s just that he’s become a bit concerned his team has become too reliant on the dinger as of late.
Of their last 11 runs, they’ve scored seven of them on solo home runs. In their last seven games, they’ve scored 19 of their 26 runs on home runs. They’ve had 10 solo shots, three two-run homers and one three-run homer in that span.
“I think offensively you take four homers (Friday), but it’s also kind of nice to manufacture runs and get that going,” Ventura said after Friday’s win. “That’s the thing that’s really been missing lately. We’ve hit a few homers, but you’d like to see a little more of driving in the guy from second base and stuff like that.”
Here’s the White Sox’s lineup, which will try to do that against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday:
1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
3. Adam Dunn, 1B
4. Alex Rios, RF
5. A.J. Pierzynski, DH
6. Alexei Ramirez, SS
7. Dayan Viciedo, LF
8. Tyler Flowers, C
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B
Francisco Liriano, LHP