Just when it seemed like the Chicago White Sox were headed in the right direction, a very common theme for the 2013 White Sox reared its ugly head.
The Sox were just six outs away from sweeping the Kansas City Royals and maybe beginning their climb out of last place in the American League Central. However, like it has all season long, Chicago’s poor defensive play ended up costing them Sunday’s series finale.
Errors by Jesse Crain, who snapped his franchise record 29-inning scoreless streak Sunday, and Alexei Ramirez in the bottom of the eighth inning led to three unearned runs for the Royals, and washed away a two-run Sox lead as the Royals defeated the Pale Hose 7-6. The Sox finished their 10-game road trip 3-7 and now sit 11 games under .500.
Although both errors were costly, Ramirez’s two-run error was the true dagger to Chicago’s heart. Surprisingly, the usually sure-handed 31-year-old shortstop has been struggling defensively for most of 2013. His error today gave him 12 for the season, which is just as many as he recorded all of last year.
Dismal defense has arguably been Chicago’s biggest downfall this season, which comes as a shock after leading the MLB in defense a season ago. With basically the same team from 2012, there really isn’t an obvious answer to why the Sox defense has struggled so much this season. What is obvious, however, is something must be done in order for Chicago to have any hope of turning their frustrating year around.