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Saturday, September 22, 2012
Sox's clutch hitting has disappeared

By Bruce Levine

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The offensive funk that has retarded the Chicago White Sox offense as of late has the attention of manager Robin Ventura and his staff.

“We have had a few (hitters slumping),” Ventura said. “It is more about doing the simple things.”

The Sox have hit the wall with runners in scoring position. In their last 15 games the Sox are hitting under .190 with RISP, after leading the league in that department all year. During this nine-game road trip the No. 2, 3 and 4 hitters have slumped collectively. Both Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn are 3-for-21 on the road . No. 2 hitter Kevin Youkilis is 4-for-28. Coincidently, all three recently shaved assorted mustaches and beards in hope of some change of luck.

The Sox staff is trying to impart the idea that no one player should try to carry the team during this crucial time.

“I don’t think one guy has to carry us,” Ventura said. “That is what they have to realize. It is about nine guys going out there and having tough at-bats.”

Within the framework of this current three-game losing streak the Sox are 3-for-30 with RISP. They have also left 28 men on base in that three-game span.

“You look at yesterday’s game, there were a lot of strikeouts and pop ups,” Ventura said. “It is more about putting the ball in play and putting pressure on the defense rather than swinging as hard as you can and hoping something happens.”