CHICAGO -- Bad defense has been one of the major reasons for the Chicago White Sox's tough season in 2013.
Four errors helped bring the team down in a 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. The four miscues gave the Sox a major league-high 108 for the season. The continuous bad fielding has been perplexing for manager Robin Ventura and his staff. Third baseman Conor Gillaspie became the first Sox player in seven years to make three errors in one game.
The team has given up 70 unearned runs, including five Tuesday. Gillaspie said that immediately forgetting about this game will be a difficult task.
"It will be a little tough for me," he said. "Knowing my personality, it is a little tough to deal with right now. In a day or two, I won't even remember it happened. I can honestly say that is the worst I ever felt. I can really say that there haven't been too many days when I am hoping the ball doesn't get hit [to me]. Tonight was one of those nights."
Ventura had the best defensive team in the American League in 2012. Last year's club made a league-low 88 errors. As this year has progressed, the defense has gotten worse. Chicago has made 17 miscues in the past 10 games. Ventura, a five-time Gold Glove winner, understood how Gillaspie felt.
"I know how much he cares," Ventura said. "I had nights that were just like it. It is a rough one to take on, but I know he will come back and his effort and competitiveness will be there. It is one thing if he didn't care, but I know he cares a lot. He is just going to have to get over it. [I know] it will not be easy, but he will come back around. Everybody has a night like that."
The previous White Sox player to make three errors in a game was Andy Gonzalez on Aug. 30, 2007, against Texas. The 16 errors the team has made in September are the most in baseball.