CHICAGO – Forget about the three errors the Chicago White Sox made Wednesday, they still prefer to look at themselves as a solid defensive club.
Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Dewayne Wise all were charged with errors in a victory over the Kansas City Royals, with Viciedo figuring into Ramirez's miscue when he bumped into the shortstop on a popup.
"I think that obviously we proved it last year that we can be pretty good and I think we're very good again," said second baseman Gordon Beckham, who continued to show improvement on defense last season. "Obviously you make three errors in a game and it's not going to look like the best defense in the game, but I think that was kind of anomaly. That won't happen much, I know that."
One of the two runs Jake Peavy gave up Wednesday was unearned, while the bullpen was able to pitch out of a bases-loaded mess that began when Wise dropped a fly ball mere moments after he was inserted as a defensive replacement for Viciedo.
Peavy, who is known for his intensity, said he took a lighthearted approach to what could have been an awkward situation after Viciedo was involved in a two-error third inning that allowed a run to score.
"A bad team, or a team without as much confidence, or as tight as we are, brothers so to speak, stuff can get away from you," Peavy said. "We can get into the dugout and laugh it off and say ‘Let's go.' And let it go. And we did it numerous times, just rallying and saying,' This isn't going to beat us.'"
Laughing comes easy when you win, of course, and when somebody like Viciedo can follow a miscue in the field by delivering a two-run home run.
And it's easy to turn the page because the White Sox know they not only led baseball in fielding percentage last season, their .9993 mark was a franchise best. With changes at third base (Jeff Keppinger) and catcher (Tyler Flowers) the club seems confident there won't be much of a difference from last season.
"It's sometimes hard to blow it off and have fun with it," manager Robin Ventura said. "I know the work they put in and what they do so. You see them working on it and getting better and I don't see (the mistakes) continuing."
Ultimately, camaraderie will stay at its peak if the defense is helping the pitching staff, while the pitching staff helps support the offense it gets on a given night and vice versa.
"Mistakes are going to happen," Adam Dunn said. "We know we're a very good defensive team and when little things happen like that I think everybody knows they're probably not going to happen too often. It's a part of the game and you can't let it get to you. Obviously (Viciedo) did a good job yesterday because he takes this stuff really personally. For him to redeem himself with a homer was pretty awesome."