Paul Konerko received a scheduled day off Monday night, but the mistakes the White Sox committed in a 10-3 humbling by the Twins could lead to a forced cut in playing time for guilty players. "Eventually you get to that point where you don't pay attention to what's going on, we'll find somebody else to do it," manager Robin Ventura said after the Sox committed their 29th error and were guilty of two other miscues in a loss that typified their struggles this season. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez was charged with a fielding error on a potential inning-ending double-play grounder by Justin Morneau that allowed the first of four runs to score in the third, wiping out a 2-0 Sox lead. Ryan Doumit tied the game on sacrifice fly, and a decision by center fielder Alejandro De Aza to throw to third base enabled Morneau to advance to second and score easily on a two-run double by Trevor Plouffe. "We have to be better," Ventura said. "We've got to work at it. ... Hector (Santiago) is grinding, he gets in a situation where we kind of have to help him out. He gets the ground ball he wants and there's, I think, lapses of knowing what's going on, and we'll work on them. "They'll have plenty of time to work on (them).'' But the Sox have spent extra time on fundamental drills as well as pregame infield practice with little to show for it. In the eighth, a popup to shallow center fell between Ramirez and De Aza and led to four runs. In addition, struggling Twins rookie Aaron Hicks hit two home runs and robbed Adam Dunn of a game-tying two-run homer by making a leaping catch over the center-field fence to heighten the Sox's frustration. In an interesting development, Ventura sent left-handed hitter Conor Gillaspie to bat with the bases loaded and the tying run at first against Jared Burton in the eighth, but Gillaspie grounded out on the first pitch.
Another all-around clunker for White Sox
Chicago Tribune | May 14