Goalies look to reduce errors against White Sox – NBC Chicago

Goalkeepers look to reduce errors against White Sox originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

For every mistake the Cleveland Guardians made in their weekend series against San Francisco, the Giants made them pay.

With American League Central in the lead Chicago White Sox coming to town for a four-game series starting Monday, the Guardians could face more of the same.

“Good teams do that,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of teams taking advantage of opportunities. “We have to find a way to be better defensively. We made mistakes and it cost us dearly.”

Much like the Giants, who swept the Guardians in the three-game series that ended Sunday, the veteran-laden White Sox will likely profit from any mistakes, both mental and physical.

In San Francisco’s 8-1 thrashing of the Guardians on Sunday, Cleveland failed to turn a double play into the fourth inning.

Trouble started earlier in the frame when, with an over and an over, Brandon Crawford’s running groundman against first baseman Bobby Bradley got caught in the strap of his glove, which was ruled a single. .

It seemed to open the floodgates. After a walk charged the bases, Thairo Estrada’s fielder’s choice should have been rotated for a double play, but second baseman Owen Miller’s throw to first jumped under Bradley’s glove for an error to throw, which allowed two runs to score.

In Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Giants, Miller, who was playing at first base, didn’t reach the sack in time on a potential double play field. A run scored and no physical error was charged, but it was a mental error.

Francona didn’t want to jump all over his second-year infielder, but he said he talked to him about the play. Miller splits his time between first and second base.

“We don’t want to hit him on the head,” the manager said. “We are moving it. These are things that are going to happen from time to time.

“I hope it doesn’t happen every night. With the youth there are going to be some growing pains.”

Unless the Guardians’ defense improves, it’s going to ruin decent throwing performance.

Despite not being able to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays and losing 9-3 in Chicago on Sunday, the defending Central Division champion White Sox opened a two-game lead over the Guardians. , second.

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, in his ninth season all with Chicago, ranks among the club’s all-time leaders in home runs (third with 229), hitting percentage and extra hits. He hit a two-run homer Saturday against Tampa Bay.

Abreu is one of three players in Sox history to record five seasons or more than 30 homers/100 RBI, joining Hall of Famers Frank Thomas (eight) and Paul Konerko (five). His 304 RBI since the start of the 2019 season leads the major leagues, 26 more than Boston’s Rafael Devers in that span.

Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber (0-0, 2.70) will face Chicago left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 5.40) in Monday’s game.

Keuchel is 4-2 lifetime against the Guardians with a 3.53 ERA in 12 games, including 11 starts.

Bieber made 12 starts against the White Sox, going 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA.

Throwing was key to Chicago’s quick start, although Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Joe Kelly were injured. Kelly is about to return.

“He will add quality and depth to our bullpen,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “If you want to have a good year, you need a deep paddock.”

The Guardians series will mark the start of a seven-game road trip for Chicago.

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Lance B. Holton