Rapid Reaction: Tigers 6, White Sox 2
July, 23, 2013
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-2 on Tuesday to take the first two games of the series.
How it happened: After getting kicked out in the first inning, Sox manager Robin Ventura didn’t have to watch the worst defensive game in what has been an awful defensive season. The White Sox made a season-high four errors, including a four-bobble miscue on the warning track by Dayan Viciedo that allowed Hernan Perez to sprint all the way around the bases. Ventura was ejected three batters into the game for arguing an interference call on the base paths. Paul Konerko's two-run double in the ninth inning prevented a shutout.
What it means: The White Sox have not only made seven errors in two games against the Tigers, they have also allowed eight unearned runs. The four errors gave the team 68 this season, moving them closer to the Los Angeles Angels, who have the most errors in the American League at 73. The White Sox also entered the game 13th in the 15-team AL with a .982 fielding percentage.
Outside the box: White Sox starter Hector Santiago has been tough on right-handed hitters all season, but all five hits he gave up over six innings Tuesday were to right-handed hitters. Santiago had held righties to a .204 average this season, the lowest mark among American League lefties and the fifth lowest mark in baseball. He wasn’t helped by the poor defense behind him and the fact that he also matched a season high with five walks.
Off beat: The White Sox’s error total matched their hit total through eight innings at four. Conor Gillaspie had one of the errors but he did deliver two of the four hits to that point. Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Viciedo all had errors, but combined for just one hit, by Rios.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (2-7, 4.52 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the third game of the four-game series. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Anibal Sanchez (7-7, 2.85) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.