CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham is too talented of a player and too confident of an individual to celebrate one three-hit game amid a season of early disappointment. So after three Wednesday pregame questions related to his strong series opener against the Indians on Tuesday, Beckham seemed to have enough of analyzing the effort bringing his average up to .190.
"These questions are ridiculous," Beckham said with a smile, belying his slightly bothered nature. "I mean I have one good game. I know I can hit. I was happy last night. I'm going to continue working the way I've been working.
"Whatever happens at the end of the year is what I worked for and what I deserved. That's all. I'm not going to put any numbers [on it]."
Beckham hit his first homer off of Ubaldo Jimenez to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead in the eventual 7-2 victory. It was the two following singles to right, though, that impressed manager Robin Ventura.
"Just the way he did it, kind of the way the at-bats progressed," Ventura said of Beckham's final two singles. "That kind of stuff is more promising and looks better than just one home run. That's something that can get him started. It has to start somewhere, and that's something that builds confidence."
The patience shown by Ventura has been appreciated by struggling hitters such as Beckham and Brent Morel. But as Beckham explained Wednesday, the team playing well overall stands as the most important factor.
Eventually, players such as Beckham hope to get hot and take pressure off of players such as A.J. Pierzynski, Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios, who have been the team's driving forces on offense. That hot streak also would take the focus off of Beckham's game-to-game results.
"Usually this is a conversation you have in Spring Training, but apparently my season started a month later," said Beckham, who finished 0-for-2 with a run scored and a stolen base during Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Indians. "Last night was good, a good start to May and hopefully the rest of the season."