CHICAGO -- Nicky Delmonico did a little bit of everything for the White Sox during Monday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the Rays at Guaranteed Rate Field.The left fielder made a diving catch of Daniel Robertson's line drive to open the second, a play that rose in importance after Mallex Smith
CHICAGO -- Nicky Delmonico did a little bit of everything for the White Sox during Monday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the Rays at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The left fielder made a diving catch of Daniel Robertson's line drive to open the second, a play that rose in importance after Mallex Smith and Rob Refsnyder followed with singles.
After the Rays knocked out White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez with two runs and jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the top of the fifth, Delmonico connected for a two-out, two-run homer off Chris Archer in the bottom half to move the deficit back to one run. Delmonico's first homer of the season and 10th of his young career came on a 0-2 slider from Archer and was the team's 15th this season, tied for second in the Majors.
"I was trying to look for something up. Fortunately he hung a slider," said Delmonico, whose two hits raised his average to .261. "I'm feeling a little better [at the plate]. I felt like I was a little late early on. It felt like I was more on time today."
Delmonico's blast to right with a 103-mph exit velocity per Statcast™ ended a 0-for-19 stretch for the White Sox with runners in scoring position. Despite the wintry conditions, with two inches of snow cleared off the field hours prior to the 1:31 p.m. CT first pitch, Delmonico also had no problem in the field.
"It was great," Delmonico said. "I was surprised the way the field felt after today. It's pretty good out there.
"We came in today knowing that we were going to play. We were told that we were going to play, so we had our mindset on playing."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.