De Aza, Eaton take responsibility for loss
August, 2, 2014
By Scott Powers
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhAlejandro De Aza couldn't quite come down with Oswaldo Arcia's key two-run double in the eighth.
CHICAGO -- Adam Eaton and Alejandro De Aza each wished he could have had a play back from the latter innings of the Chicago White Sox's 8-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
For De Aza, it was a line drive to left field in the eighth inning, which he regretted he was unable to catch with two out. The hard-hit ball by the Twins’ Oswaldo Arcia turned De Aza around, but he still put himself in position to snatch it as he backpedalled deep in the outfield. The ball hit De Aza’s glove and fell to the ground. The two-run double put Minnesota ahead 7-6.
“It was a line drive over my head, and I just did two steps back and tried to jump and catch it,” De Aza said. “I think it hit the tip of my glove. I feel bad because I think I can make that play. Today it didn't happen. I'm going to try to work harder to not make that mistake again.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura concurred with De Aza, but he didn’t blame him for the team’s loss.
“It’s one of those probably you look at it as he should make it,” Ventura said. “Tough play spinning around. He hit it hard. That’s the way it goes. We battled and did all the things to try to win a game, and you come up short. That’s it. There were a lot of other things that happened we could do better to win. I’m not pinning it on him. He had a good game. He could catch it, and most times he does. This time he didn’t.”
The play Eaton would rue came in the bottom half of the eighth. With the White Sox trailing by a run and a runner on first base with two out, Eaton smashed the ball off third baseman Trevor Plouffe's glove and into the left field. Eaton took off for first and never hesitated as he rounded the base and went for second. He already had three doubles in the game and a fourth was in sight.
Twins left fielder Eduardo Nunez was able to get to the ball quickly and throw. It arrived moments before Eaton, and he was tagged out to end the inning. Ventura asked for a video review of the play, but that also went against the White Sox.
Eaton blamed himself for not allowing Chicago a chance to make things interesting.
“It was stupid,” Eaton said. “Stupid on my part. I need to pick up the ball better. I saw it go off his glove and kind of thought it bounced a different direction. I thought it went toward more the warning track. It's stupid, unbelievable how dumb that was. You put your team in that position to maybe have first and third. Again, you don't pick up the baseball where it needs to be, and like I said, dumb play on my part. It was just stupid.”
As with De Aza, Ventura struggled with being upset at Eaton.
“Again, he did that earlier in the game, and it worked out great,” Ventura said. “He’s always aggressive and doing that. ... That’s the way it goes.
“Offensively, we’re putting some pressure on them and doing it. But they did the same thing. They swung the bats tonight. They did better than us tonight.”