The mounting mistakes have not sat well with Robin Ventura, who was upset by a miscommunication between his players on Thursday night.
While Adam Eaton raced in and Alexei Ramirez backpedaled on Corey Hart’s routine blooper in the seventh inning, neither took charge as the ball fell in for a one-out single. Jeff Samardzija, who has had more freebies given away by his defense than any other White Sox pitcher in 2015, allowed one more single and needed seven extra pitches before he pitched around yet another gaffe. The play didn’t figure into a 3-2 White Sox loss — their seventh straight — but it was enough to catch Ventura’s ire afterward.
“That’s just bad,” Ventura said. “I’m tired of talking about it. They know it. We work it all of spring training — you’ve probably seen it a few hundred times that we work on it. I’m getting tired of talking about it because that’s just bad.”
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Asked who needs to take charge, Ventura didn’t assign any blame to either Eaton or Ramirez, both of whom were 2014 Gold Glove finalists. But it's clear Ventura is tired of misplays by a defense that is last in the majors in Defensive Runs Saved and Defensive Efficiency. Eaton ranks 25th out of 25 qualified center fielders with minus-9 Defensive Runs Saved while Ramirez is 25th of 27 shortstops, with minus-7.
“They need to catch it — that’s what they need to do,” Ventura said.
Asked about the play, Eaton cited that it didn’t factor in the final result before he conceded his role in the effort.
“You guys ask the questions when it’s not going well,” Eaton said. “Like I said, it didn’t hurt. It was a tough play, but it was glaring because it’s, like I said, we’re not playing well. But if we would have won the game 5-2 it probably wouldn’t even have been a blip on your radar. Like I said, kind of a tough play but it’s probably somewhere where I need to take charge as a center field and call him off, but it’s a good thing it didn’t hurt us in the end.”