Saturday, August 3, 2013
Dunn, Ventura short on answers for offense
By Chuck Pleiness Special to ESPNChicago.com
DETROIT – You can sense the frustration level in the Chicago White Sox’s locker room, and you can hear it in the words spoken by one of the team's veterans, Adam Dunn.
The White Sox lost a season-high ninth straight time after falling to the Detroit Tigers 3-0 at Comerica Park Saturday night.
“It’s the same story every day,” a visibly frustrated Dunn said after the game. “I don’t know how much more frustrated people can be. We’re doing everything we can to improve, and we haven’t done it.”
Dunn said this is the worst he’s seen it during his 13-year career.
“I’ve been on some bad teams, but I don’t know, everybody keeps saying it and it’s really true, it’s really unbelievable. I know we have guys that can play. I know we have guys that can hit and guys that can pitch. To be doing what we’re doing -- there is no excuse for it, really.”
It’s the 11th time this season the White Sox, who have lost all nine of those games on the road, have failed to score a run.
“This is where hopefully pride starts to take over and you swallow this one, come back tomorrow and do it again,” Dunn said. “You have to go out and play good baseball, just kind of ride the ship and get better.
“That’s the thing that’s frustrating,” Dunn continued. “We have 15 guys in the cage, early hitting every day, and we’re just not getting it done.”
The White Sox were fourth in the American League in runs scored last season.
“We have to touch home plate,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You get a couple of guys on and it’s one of those [things] you have to add on and not just get a couple of guys on. They have to cross home.
“We practice, but it’s just one of those [things] where you just have to keep going,” Ventura continued. “As tough as it gets, you still have to be able to grind when you come to the plate. That’s all you can do.”
Despite the Tigers’ high-powered offense, they have outscored Chicago only 5-1 through two games in the three-game series.
“Again, it’s being able to cross home plate, and we’re struggling to score runs,” Ventura said. “Until that changes, that’s the way it’s looks.”
The White Sox have also dropped 15 of their past 18 games and are a season-high 28 games under .500 and a staggering 23 games behind Detroit in the AL Central division standings.
“You’re never numb to [losing]. I don’t think that’s the word,” Ventura said. “You just get frustrated, and you wait for it to turn. I think it’s when you struggle that’s part of it. I think [when] frustration sets in you have to be able to block that out and play.”
Tigers starter Max Scherzer didn’t help matters, as he gave up just three hits and didn’t allow a White Sox runner to advance past second base in his 7⅔ innings of work.
“He’s always had great stuff,” Dunn said. “In the past, you’d always get one or two pitches in the game to hit, and it would seem like people would capitalize on them. He keeps people off bases. He doesn’t walk people like he used to. His stuff is as good, if not the best in the game.”
Scherzer struck out six and walked three to improve to 16-1 on the season.
The White Sox last won on July 25. Coincidentally enough, the win came with former starter Jake Peavy on the mound against the Tigers.