White Sox Lose Because Of Defense... Again

D.A.Senior Writer IJune 26, 2009

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 06:  Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox hits a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Four of the ALDS during the 2008 MLB Playoffs at U.S. Cellular Field on October 6, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Twenty-five errors in twenty-three games. A little more than one error committed per game. That's just embarrassing. The White Sox defense cost them another game today as they fell to their cross-town rivals 5-4.

The Good

Jim Thome. He reverted to his good play that we saw before the interleague relegation to the bench. He hit a home run and was walked once, including one intentional pass. He also hit a big two-run double.

Scott Podsednik. Pods continues to provide the rest of the team opportunities by getting on base at the top of the line-up. Scotty can only do so much. He's the only White Sox batter batting over .300. He went 2-for-5, but the last at-bat of the game was a very questionable strike three.

The Bad

Alexei Ramirez. The number two hitter is suppose to move over Scott Podsenik. Instead, he went 0-for-3. You'd think he try to make up for his costly errors yesterday.

The No. 5 through 8 batters in the lineup. Paul Konerko, Ramon Castro, Chris Getz, and Brian Anderson combined to go 0-for-13.

Jose Contreras. He looked like his old self. He let Jake Fox get to him going 3-for-3. He did strikeout eight batters, but he succumbed to pressure and gave up two ugly homers.

The umpiring for BOTH sides was pretty bad. The strike zone was way too inconsistent and both the Cubs and White Sox batters looked flabbergasted.

The Ugly

Defense, defense, defense. The White Sox have forgotten how to play the field, and it's biting them in the rear end. In the top of the seventh inning, it was a tie game with one out.

Mike Fontenot hit a ground ball that could've easily been turned for a double play and end the inning, but Konerko committed a fielding error. The next batter-pothead Geovany Soto cranked a three-run homer. To be fair to Konerko, it was his first error of the season, but it couldn't have come at a worse time.

The youth movement. It continues to frustrate. Gordon Beckham was prematurely called up. Chris Getz has not made any meaningful contributions. Both have not played the field that great. It's annoying when the bottom of the order - Getz, Anderson, Beckham - continually does nothing. Podsednik has a higher batting average than Getz and Beckham's on-base percentage.

AJ Pierzynski. Why oh why the Sox put him in confused me. He's been a GIDP-machine with nine already before entering the game. Yes, he's empirically been good against the Cubs, but he's not been good in big situations this year. Guillen should have looked to recency first.

The Important Thing

The important thing is that the White Sox need to go back to small ball. If they're going to continue with this youth movement, they should utilize the benefits of the youth. So far, the costs (bad defense, sloppy batting) have outweighed the benefits, if there have been any.

The White Sox also need to learn how to play defense. An error a game is definitely not going to cut it.

The Cubs are not a good team, believe it or not. The White Sox gave the game to them with bad fielding, lack of clutch hitting, and pitching gaffes. The White Sox better hope that the Astros pull out a victory today, or I say throw in the white towel.