Running game marks Sox's improvement

July, 18, 2011
7/18/11
4:55
PM CT
The Chicago White Sox continue to show improvement in most aspects of their game, including base stealing.

The White Sox have swiped eight consecutive bags without getting caught, a far cry from earlier in the season when Juan Pierre was struggling on the base paths.

Those eight consecutive successful steal attempts have come in their last 10 games. They needed 29 games prior to that to steal eight bases, going 8-for-15 in that stretch.

Pierre hasn’t been caught stealing since June 29 at Colorado and has stolen five consecutive bases since then, including two on Saturday at Detroit. In April he was successful on just five of 12 stolen-base attempts.

It’s just one aspect of Pierre’s resurgence of late. He is also batting .410 (16-for-39) during a 10-game hitting streak. Going back even further, Pierre is batting .386 (27-for-70) over his previous 17 games to raise his batting average from .248 to .274.

His shaky play in left field has also subsided, as has the team's defense overall. Once struggling on defense, the White Sox have improved so much that their 44 errors are now the lowest in baseball. They also lead the major leagues with a .988 fielding percentage.

Gordon Beckham has just one error at second base and leads all second basemen in the major leagues with a .998 fielding percentage.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
3 2.66 19 20
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Ramirez .415
HRJ. Abreu 4
RBIJ. Abreu 14
RA. Eaton 14
OPSA. Ramirez 1.126
ERAJ. Quintana 2.37
SOC. Sale 19