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Guillen: Sox defense not helping our pitching staff
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle against the Cubs.

 

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Published: 6/27/2009 8:51 PM | Updated: 6/27/2009 8:53 PM

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Ozzie Guillen is always preaching pitching and defense, but the White Sox continued to lay down their gloves in Saturday's 8-7 win over the Cubs.

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez was charged with 2 more errors and third baseman Gordon Beckham also made a throwing error.

The Sox have committed 12 errors in their last 7 games.

"Maybe we didn't concentrate good enough," Guillen said. "Coming out of spring training, I thought we would have better defense than what we have right now. Our defense, I don't say it's killing us, but it's not helping our pitching staff.

"If you don't play good defense, obviously your pitching staff isn't going to be good enough to keep following errors and errors. Hopefully, we cut down there. When you don't want to make an error, that's when you make it. Our defense has been really, really bad all year long."

Ramirez has been disappointing since moving from second base to shortstop, his natural position.

And Beckham, also a shortstop, seems to have at least one fielding misadventure a game. The rookie said concentration wasn't the problem Saturday.

"The errors we made today, my ball down the line (in the third inning), I'm glad I even caught the ball first of all, and then I might have rushed the throw a little bit and it just sailed on me a little bit," Beckham said. "That's not concentration, that was a tough play. I expect to make those plays, but it's not always going to work out.

"Alexei's (first error), I dove in front of him. I'm still learning third base and I've got to learn my limits. I dove in front of him and it crossed him up a little bit. That's kind of my fault, too, but no, it's not concentration, at least not on my part.

"I don't talk to Alexei much because he doesn't speak English, but I'm sure he's grinding it out. It'll come around. We'll start fielding better on the left side for sure."

Solid at the top: Scott Podsednik tied his career high with 4 hits Saturday, including a 2-run homer and a double.

Over his last 31 games, the White Sox' leadoff man is batting .346.

Podsednik, released by the Colorado Rockies at the end of spring training, continues to move up in the batter's box like Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki.

"I've wanted to use my ability to run more," Podsednik said. "I felt like I was leaving some hits out there on the table by not using my ability to run, so I created some movement in the box that allows me to get down the line quicker, and that has allowed me to make some things happened."

Hot topic: The Milton Bradley controversy was big news on both sides of the diamond before Saturday's White Sox-Cubs game.

Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, naturally, had the most interesting observations on Bradley being "sent home" by Cubs counterpart Lou Piniella during Friday's game at the Cell.

"That was awesome," Guillen said. "We made him (mad). That's not too hard to do. Everybody handles the ballclub different. I think Lou handled it the right way because you have 24 guys you have to respect. You're not a manager of one player. You're the manager of a team."

In the fold: The White Sox agreed to terms with six draft picks on Saturday, headed by catcher Josh Phegley.

The 38th overall pick, Phegley batted .344 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI during his junior season at Indiana University.

The 21-year-old catcher was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.