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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Errors, poor play continue to haunt Sox

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox’s losing ways can be directly attributed to the sloppy defense and a lack of focus.

On Saturday night against the Los Angeles Angels, another unearned run cost them a ballgame. Three errors and a passed ball ruined another solid pitching performance. Starter Jose Quintana deserved a better fate after giving up two earned runs in his six innings of work.

Before Friday night’s first game in the homestand series against the Angels, manager Robin Ventura reiterated his mantra about needing a winning formula for his club.

“Where we are at now is not acceptable,” he said. “We preach it, harp on it and do all that:

“You can’t win if you aren’t playing good defense.”

Ventura scheduled a team meeting before Saturday's game, but it did not produce the desired results.

“This stuff happens,” team captain Paul Konerko said. “You hope like [heck] it is not you or your team. [But] you know it is our team this year, so far.

“We have to kind of realize that maybe when you admit it and say, yeah, we are that [unfocused] team right now, maybe it turns after that."

The White Sox are tied with the Angels for the American League lead in errors at 27, but what really has the coaching staff upset is the sometimes lackadaisical play.

Ugly relay throws and a lack of concentration on defense, rather than the errors themselves, have often made the team look bad.

“Physical stuff, you [understand]; it is just one of those things you have to do better. It is that simple,” said Ventura, who is not usually as outwardly critical of his squad.

The White Sox had their seventh multi-error game of the season and now have committed three errors in a game twice. An end result of this meltdown? Chicago is 7-9 in one-run games.

Meanwhile, this season’s team hardly resembles the 2012 club that finished fourth in runs scored. The offense ranks dead last in the AL for runs scored and batting average with runners in scoring position.