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Sunday, June 2, 2013
Time for Sox hitters to be held accountable

By Eric Gilmore
Special to ESPNChicago.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura is getting tired of tipping his cap to opposing pitchers who dominate his struggling hitters.

After the White Sox suffered a 2-0 loss Sunday to the Oakland Athletics, wasting left-hander Chris Sale's gem, Ventura said it's also time to start pointing fingers.

"You always got to tip your hat to the pitcher, but when you're in a funk like this, how much goes on you?” Ventura said. “It really goes on us."

Adam Dunn
Adam Dunn had the White Sox's only extra-base hit Sunday, but is hitting just .160 this season.
A's right-hander Jarrod Parker blanked the White Sox for 6 1/3 innings on two hits then turned the game over to his bullpen. Jerry Blevins, Ryan Cook and closer Grant Balfour completed the shutout, allowing just one hit.

The White Sox were shut out for the sixth time this season and the second time in three days against the A's, who swept the series. They scored a total of three runs in 28 innings against the A's.

"Offensively we're just anemic," said first baseman Adam Dunn, who had the White Sox’s only extra-base hit, a fourth-inning double. "I don't know how else to put it. When we do have something brewing we can't get a big hit. I don't know how to put a finger on it. We got nine guys in the lineup that just aren't swinging the bat, and that's not a very good recipe when the pitchers got to feel like they have to throw nine zeroes for us to have a chance."

A's 40-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon threw a five-hit shutout on Friday night in the series opener. Righty Dan Straily held them to one run on six hits over 6.0 innings Saturday when the A's won 4-3 in 10 innings. Now this.

"I'm not exactly sure what it is," White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie said. "(Parker) threw the ball good. Maybe it's us. I don't know. He's , like it seems everybody we face, throwing all his pitches for strikes. Did a good job. You tip your cap. I don't know what else to say other than that's the way it is right now.

"Maybe I'm living in a dream world. I just don't think we're playing very good right now, and it's pretty obvious. We got a lot of talent, a lot of good hitters on this team. All three of the guys that we faced here, they all seemed to throw the ball pretty good. What are you going to do?"

The White Sox had two runners on base with one out in the first inning when Alexei Ramirez singled and Gillaspie walked. But Parker struck out Dayan Viciedo and Dunn, ending the threat.

"It's frustrating, but you got to keep your head up and keep competing," Gillaspie said. "It will come around, and if it doesn't I'm sure there will be changes."

The White Sox were missing two of their top hitters Sunday. First baseman Paul Konerko missed the game with a stiff neck, and right fielder Alex Rios got his first day off of the season after 53 straight starts.

"Alex needed a day, and Paul's banged up," Dunn said. "We got to be able to find a way to get stuff going without two of your big guns in there. It's just disappointing. I know we're not this bad offensively. And if we are, somebody needs to tell me because I keep talking about it. I don't feel like we're this bad."