TORONTO—Manager Ozzie Guillen reached a boiling point with the White Sox's lack of fundamentals on offense Saturday well before reliever Jeff Nelson surrendered a home run to Shea Hillenbrand with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 victory.
After the Sox minimized their chances despite a 14-hit attack, Guillen warned changes would be imminent if the problems continue.
"But we're better than this, way better than this. If you want to be third place, second place or fourth place, keep playing like that. If you want to win this thing, we have to be better.
"And this [stuff] should stop right now. Not because Detroit is winning. I always say if we get beat, that's fine with me as long as I think we play well. I can't lose a game like that.
"But we didn't do anything to win this game."
The Sox stranded 13 runners, but Guillen didn't cite specific players.
"They know who they are," he said. "Look in the mirror and say, 'I screwed up. I didn't do what I was supposed to do.'
"Right now, I might play nobody [Sunday]."
The most glaring lack of execution occurred shortly after the Sox snapped B.J. Ryan's streak of 11 straight saves and had runners at first and second with the top of the order coming up in the ninth.
But Scott Podsednik, who has three of the Sox's 10 sacrifice bunts this year, bunted into a force play at third.
The rally died after Ryan struck out Tadahito Iguchi and Jim Thome, who is 1-for-10 in the first two games of the series.
Podsednik and Thome concurred with Guillen's assessment.
"That's how we won ballgames last season," Podsednik said. "There have been a handful of games this year that we haven't won because of the execution."
Said Thome: "We just didn't get it done. The bottom line is we have to execute. That has to be done to win."
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski, however, viewed Guillen's tirade as only a motivational tactic.
"Ozzie's probably trying to get us going, get us fired up, trying to work the magic," he said. "Just Ozzie being Ozzie. A manager is going to criticize you when things aren't going right. You take it and move on."
The inability to capitalize, as well as an errant throw by shortstop Juan Uribe on a double-play grounder in the second, cost Jose Contreras a run and a chance to win.
Contreras retired 16 of the final 19 batters he faced in seven innings.
"My velocity was down (because of a recent 15-day layoff because of an irritated nerve in his lower back), but I gave the team the best chance to win," Contreras said.
But the Sox's power (their 71 homers rank second in the American League) has masked their lack of fundamentals.
Guillen, serving his second game as third-base coach in place of suspended Joey Cora, shouldered the blame for Jermaine Dye getting thrown out at third to end the 10th.
But "it's been going on all year," Guillen said of the lack of moving runners over.
"We stink when we have to execute. The thing is, we don't see it because we're scoring a lot of runs.
"My job is to make those guys play better. Well, they'd better start playing better."