Jun 2, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox: A Quality Start, But Not Quality Defense

In 2013, the Chicago White Sox committed the second-most errors as a team in all of baseball (121). Only the Houston Astros had more errors as a team than the Sox did (125).

On Monday night at Dodger Stadium, the error bug bit the White Sox once again in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In a five-run sixth inning for the Dodgers, the Sox committed two errors that proved costly. A 2-0 Sox lead turned into a 5-2 Dodger lead that stuck for good.

The first error in the sixth came when Gordon Beckham misplayed a double-play ball hit by Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

With two on and two away in the sixth, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez hit a chopper down the third-base line to White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie.

Gillaspie short-hopped a throw to the returning Jose Abreu at first base and the ball got away, allowing starter Clayton Kershaw, who began the inning with a single, to score.

Three singles and a walk later, the two-run lead for the White Sox had evaporated.

Monday was another tough break for Jose Quintana. In the 10th quality start of the season for Quintana (12 total starts), the left-hander went six innings, gave up no earned runs, walked two and struck out five on 105 pitches.

The White Sox and Dodgers will play the second of a three-game set on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The Sox will send winless Hector Noesi to the hill to oppose Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 CT.


White Sox Notes:

  • Welcome back, Jose Abreu. In his second at-bat back from the disabled list, Abreu ripped a shot into left field for his 16th home run of the season. Only two other players since 1900 have hit 16 home runs in their first 45 games in the majors.

  • Another stat on Abreu that’s a little odd, but kind of impressive at the same time:

  • In 14 innings pitched at the historic Dodger Stadium, Jose Quintana has yet to give up an earned run. All five runs scored by Los Angeles on Monday were unearned.
  • With three errors on Monday night, the Sox are on pace for 129 errors. (I mentioned earlier that they committed 121 in a 63-99 season in ’13.)


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