CHICAGO -- The four-run rally by the White Sox in the ninth inning of Monday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field stands as the inspired sort of play manager Rick Renteria knows his charges are capable of showing.As for the other eight innings? Not quite so much."We
CHICAGO -- The four-run rally by the White Sox in the ninth inning of Monday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field stands as the inspired sort of play manager Rick Renteria knows his charges are capable of showing.
As for the other eight innings? Not quite so much.
"We had a nice ninth inning, and in that regard as I told the guys tonight, that's the type of approach, that's the type of concentration, that's the type of play that we want to have," Renteria said. "We have had moments where we've played very clean defense. Today was not one of those games in whole."
"Yeah, you could feel it in the dugout. It was a little quiet," said White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson of the problems before the lively final frame. "In the ninth inning everyone was up and enjoying it and having fun."
Errors by third baseman Todd Frazier, starting pitcher David Holmberg and first baseman Matt Davidson contributed to three-run innings for the Yankees in the fourth and in the sixth. Holmberg allowed six runs, but only two were earned, as the White Sox lost their fourth straight and fell to 1-7 in their past eight.
But they didn't fall without a fight.
After Chasen Shreve retired Yolmer Sanchez to open the ninth, the White Sox knocked out five straight hits to score four runs and cut the lead to one. Kevan Smith and Adam Engel singled off Shreve, followed by Anderson's opposite-field three-run homer to cut the lead to 6-4.
Anderson wore corrective glasses for the first time in the field and at the plate. Although Anderson said it was a small correction found recently, he finished 2-for-5.
"I've been using them in batting practice," Anderson said. "Trying to get used to them and I'm going to continue to use them throughout the rest of the season."
Closer Albertin Chapman replaced Shreve and was greeted by Melky Cabrera's single and Jose Abreu's run-scoring double. Though Chapman didn't record one swinging strike, he retired Avisail Garcia and Frazier to save the game.
The half-empty types could look at this night as a bad game with a great finish for the White Sox. But Renteria's crew sees the action a bit more optimistically.
"It's the beginning of something that can be good," Anderson said. "Hopefully we can build off of this and keep going."
"I thought we gave ourselves a chance to win a ballgame there, in spite of everything that happened throughout the ballgame," Renteria said. "We ended up putting them in a very uncomfortable position."
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.