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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

White Sox Ripped for Poor Play

CHICAGO -- This has been one rough week for Chicago White Sox general manager Ron Schueler. His team has been ripped on the field and in the newspapers.


This is not the way it was supposed to go for Schueler's team, which has failed to turn things around and actually fallen deeper into the abyss since the quick firing of low-key manager Gene Lamont early in June.


Now Schueler is starting to get angry. At his players, at opposing players, at former players. Schueler is fighting back with feisty indignation. Seeing Schueler's style, it is obvious why he did not appreciate Lamont.


Perhaps the worst part for Schueler is that the team is playing worse for Lamont's replacement, Terry Bevington. Overall, the White Sox are 1-12 against division leaders, they lead the American League in runners left on base with 408, and their bullpen has blown a league-worst 14 of 25 save tries.


Wednesday, one move paid off, at least in part, when recent free agent signee John Kruk's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning gave Chicago a 5-4 victory over Seattle.


Tim Raines led off in the 10th with a single off Bill Risley (1-1) and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Frank Thomas followed with a hit, moving Raines over.


Risley then walked Norberto Martin to load the bases for Kruk, who lofted a fly to left that scored Raines easily.


But too often of late the team has let its fans down. Forthright and insightful, California Angels pitcher Chuck Finley said during a recent loss the White Sox looked as if they "were ready to roll over and die'' after the Angels took a 4-0 lead.


The Sox expected to contend with the Cleveland Indians but instead find themselves 17 games back. Responding to Finley's thought, Schueler said, "Finley should worry about his own pitching and not my team. I don't buy that.''


However, Schueler has made clear that he is running out of patience with his team and that no players are untouchable in trades. However, Schueler did concede he might need to "change residency'' to trade Thomas.


In discussing offseason moves, Schueler took a swipe at ex-White Sox ace Jack McDowell, who said in a recently published interview that the club's failure to keep some of its best players was its main problem. Schueler, who instead suggested his players did not do enough work during the strike, said, "This year's team isn't much different than last year's club. We don't have Jack McDowell, obviously, but he's not lighting up New York.


"You can't put a finger on it. Maybe we're not a first-place club but you couldn't think we'd be under .500.''


Red Sox 3, Indians 1. Erik Hanson gave up four hits in eight innings against baseball's best-hitting team. Boston won in Cleveland for the first time in seven tries at Jacobs Field since the park opened last year.


Cleveland also lost starting pitcher Orel Hershiser (5-3) to a stiff lower back. He left after yielding a leadoff double to Mike Greenwell in the fourth inning.


In other AL games it was Brewers 10, Blue Jays 9; Yankees 2, Orioles 1; Tigers 1, Rangers 0; Twins 3, Athletics 2 and Royals 6, Angels 3.


Padres 1, Cubs 0. In San Diego, Steve Finley scored from second base in a sixth-inning rundown and made a game-saving catch in the ninth.


Steve Trachsel (2-5) walked Finley and Ken Caminiti with two outs in the sixth. Catcher Rick Wilkins caught Caminiti off first and while that play went back and forth, Finley scored.


In the ninth, Finley's leaping catch against the centerfield fence robbed Wilkins of what would have been a game-tying home run.


Elsewhere in the NL, it was Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1; Rockies 6, Marlins 3; Giants 6, Pirates 5; Astros 5, Expos 3; Reds 3, Braves 1 and Phillies 6, Mets 2.


(Newsday, AP)