Originally posted on Grab Some Bench  |  Last updated 6/26/13
A two out error by second basemen Gordon Beckham cost Addison Reed (3-0) a blown save, and once again prohibited starter Chris Sale from earning his sixth victory. However, it did not cost the White Sox the game. Alexei Ramirez came to the rescue in the bottom of the ninth with a two out single, scoring Jeff Keppinger, to win the game in walk off fashion. Sale Fans Thirteen Batters, Ties Franchise Record After a bumpy first inning which saw the Mets jump out to an early 2-0 lead, Chris Sale was darn near unhittable. He retired 20 of the remaining 22 batters he would face, striking out the side in the fourth. Sale went eight strong innings, surrendering three runs on four hits, walking just two, and striking out thirteen. Chris Sale now has three games with 12+ K's this season, tying a White Sox record that he now shares with Javier Vazquez (2006) and Big Ed Walsh (1910). Sale is also one more twelve strikeout performance away from tying the White Sox record for most games with 12+ K's in a career. He’s fanned twelve or more hitters in a game five times since reaching the big leagues. Defense Almost Gives Away Another Win The late inning problems continued for the middle of the White Sox infield Tuesday night, as the Mets scored the tying run with two outs in the ninth on a defensive miscue. Pinch hitter Daniel Murphy hit a popup in front of the mound. Third baseman Conor Gillaspie called for the ball before second baseman Gordon Beckham tried to make the catch as they nearly collided. The ball fell for an error by Beckham, and David Wright scored after he had singled and stole second. This comes only two days after Alexei Ramirez committed a game-deciding error by booting a ground ball into left field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning in a one-run ball game. It resulted in two unearned runs for the Royals, and a 7-6 loss in Kansas City.  The White Sox tremendous drop off in the fielding department comes as a shock to many baseball fans. What may be even more surprising is that the same stellar White Sox middle infield from last season may be the leading cause of their downfall. Alexei has reached his error total (12) from 2012 already in just 74 games this season. Beckham has committed five errors in 26 games, after committing only seven in a full season just a year ago. It's almost as if this defense is starting to feel the pressure a bit. They look like they're trying to do too much at times. Today was a great example of that, as Beckham sprinted across the entire infield and dove in front of third basement Connor Gillaspie, turning a routine infield pop-up into a circus act. This also isn't the first time this season that the White Sox have had problems with infield pop-ups. They've had similar miscues at Wrigley Field versus the Cubs and in Seattle versus the Mariners back in April. Both incidents resulted in unearned runs for the opposition. Tonight's incident was no different. This is a simple matter of communication. A baseball player is taught to call for a ball as soon as they're old enough to strap on a pair of cleets. It's nice the team rallied together and found a way to win it in the bottom half of the ninth, but stuff like this is inexcusable for a big league team. It has to be cleaned up. Alexei Saves the Day in the 9th Alexei's game winning hit was a bullet down the left field line that barely kicked up enough chalk for it to be ruled a fair ball. It came with runners on the corners. Jeff Keppinger singled to lead off the inning, and Beckham reached on a fielding error when veteran reliever and former Twin and Cub Latroy Hawkins (2-1) couldn't handle his sacrifice bunt. Keppinger moved to third on a groundball by Tyler Flowers. Because of Alexei’s heroics, Addison Reed (3-0) got the victory after blowing his third save. White Sox Look to Sweep Short Series Wednesday The White Sox have won three of four games, and sit ten games below .500 with a record of 32-42. Wednesday will be the team’s second chance this week at sweeping a series. They failed to close out a three game sweep of Kansas City on Sunday afternoon. Granted, this is only a two game series. With the way this team has struggled, though, White Sox fans will take anything they can get. John Danks (1-4) will look to bounce back from a couple of rough outings on the road. He'll do it against the Mets Shaun Marcum (0-9), who is looking to avoid becoming one of the only pitchers in Major League history to start a season 0-10. First pitch time scheduled for 7:10 CT.    
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