Alex Rios benched for not hustling in White Sox’ 6-4 loss to Braves
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 19, 2013 10:13PM
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks reacts to giving up a three-run home run to Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Updated: July 20, 2013 1:50AM
Alex Rios is one of the White Sox players rumored to be in trade talks, and when he left the game Friday in the sixth inning, speculation grew.
But Rios only was sent to the Sox’ bench, dismissed by manager Robin Ventura for a lackluster effort on the bases that cost the Sox a run.
‘‘We expect more than that,’’ Ventura said of Rios failing to run hard to avoid being doubled up in the fifth inning of the Sox’ 6-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves at U.S. Cellular Field.
Alejandro De Aza would have scored on the play, which ended the inning and would have broken a 2-2 tie.
Rios didn’t take the field when the sixth started, and he wasn’t available after the game.
‘‘There are expectations, and we’re not starting the second half that way,’’ an annoyed Ventura said. ‘‘He’ll be back in [Saturday].
‘‘I told him he was coming out. A long explanation wasn’t required.’’
A number of scouts are on hand this weekend to watch Rios, reliever Matt Lindstrom and returning starter Jake Peavy. But Ventura said trade rumors can’t interfere with the team’s play.
But Ventura said trade rumors can’t interfere with the team’s play.
‘‘It’s not always easy, but it’s part of the game,’’ he said. ‘‘It happens every year to every team. It’s different when it’s either you or your team. It’s not the easiest thing to deal with, but it happens every year, so it’s not like it’s the first time these guys have seen it.’’
The Sox fell to a season-worst 19 games below .500 (37-56), their lowest since they were 70-89 on Sept. 27, 2007. They fell to 6-12 in interleague play.
Starter John Danks (2-7) gave up two home runs, a two-run homer by Andrelton Simmons (ninth) in the third and a three-run homer by Brian McCann (13th) in the sixth.
‘‘I wasn’t quite as sharp as I would have liked and there were a few pitches I’d like back, but other than that I thought I gave my team a chance to win,’’ Danks said.
Braves starter Tim Hudson (7-7) worked 7 1/3 innings and gave up four runs.
Closer Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 27th save.