Beckham working toward second-half surge

Beckham working toward second-half surge

Beckham working toward second-half surge
DETROIT -- The key word for the remainder of Gordon Beckham's 2011 season would be patience.

And that's not patience, as in working deeper in the count during every at-bat for the White Sox second baseman. Instead, Beckham is talking about patience held by those who expect the 24-year-old to be a force offensively.

"Hopefully, one year, I'll put it all together. That's the goal," Beckham said. "But let's wait until the end of the year to pass judgment on my season."

Beckham has started to sway judgment in his favor with a .423 average during his present seven-game hitting streak and a .395 average in his last 13 games, raising his average from .226 to .252. His third-inning single began a four-run, five-hit rally against Detroit ace Justin Verlander on Friday, and he singled home a run during a three-run ninth against Jose Valverde during Saturday's 5-0 win.

In July alone, Beckham has four multi-hit games. He had just three for the entire month of June. His early struggles on offense have plagued Beckham for the last two years, but the summer months have been kind to him. It's especially true of July, when Beckham has a career .345 average, with six home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs.

His 2010 average sat as low as .199 on June 23, but he pushed that number up to .257 at the end of August before a hand injury slowed his ascent. Beckham once again believes his finish will be stronger than his start.

"I've been doing what I'm capable of doing, where I'm finally hitting some doubles and stuff like that," said Beckham, a .314 career hitter after the All-Star break. "So, it's turning in my direction. I've always felt more comfortable for some reason during July and August and on through September. So, hopefully, that continues.

"There are times where I've gotten down on myself, just from the standpoint where I'm still not doing what I'm capable. But I know it's a long season and I know where I finished last year going into the second half with a .215 average. I know I can play better in the second half."