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Despite Tough Loss To Mariners, White Sox Continue To Make Things Exciting With Don’t Quit Attitude

Excitement and a don’t quit attitude, that’s what you get from the 2017 Chicago White Sox. Manager Rick Renteria made that very clear from the outset of Spring Training.

The White Sox proved that yet again on Thursday night in Seattle. Despite losing in heartbreaking fashion to the Mariners on a two-out walk-off pinch-hit RBI single from Guillermo Heredia that scored the speedy Jarrod Dyson from second, the South Siders made things interesting and had plenty of positives despite losing their 10th of their last 12 games.

“They don’t quit. They’re tough loses, but hopefully they’re things we’re going to continue to get over. The one thing you want to make sure to do when you’re having games like this is ultimately try to finish it out. That puts the icing on the cake and I think that when they continue to battle and fight, that speaks to the character of those guys and how they go about their business,” Renteria said in the postgame. “They’ve been doing it all year.”

Looking out of the game early yet again and having no solution for Mariners’ rookie starter Sam Gaviglio, who allowed three hits and walked one in five scoreless innings, Sox starter Dylan Covey — if not for a three-run home run he gave up to Jean Segura in the bottom of the fifth that made it 4-0 — pitched an otherwise pretty solid game. He went six innings, allowing five hits and four runs to remain winless in seven major league starts.

Using the long ball to get them back in the game, designated hitter Matt Davidson got the Sox right back in the mix in the top of the seventh with his team-tying seventh home run of the year. A two-run shot that came after a solid leadoff double from Tim Anderson to the corner in left and cut the South Siders’ deficit in half. The Sox would take full advantage of a weak Mariners bullpen, as they would get back-to-back two-out jacks in the very next inning from Todd Frazier and Anderson to tie the game all up at four apiece.

Fired up as he was racing around the bases, the Sox’s young shortstop had by far his best game of the year at the plate going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and falling a triple short of the cycle in the loss. “It’s definitely good for me to tie the game up there and give us a shot at it. We’re feeling real good. It’s definitely something we can build off of. The fight is there,” Anderson said in the postgame. “We’ve just got to keep battling and competing and giving ourselves a shot to win.”

Though they ultimately didn’t emerge victorious, as Frazier noted in his postgame comments, there still is a positive side of things to look at, as strange as it may sound for a team that has gone from 15-12 to five games under .500 after losing their seventh straight on the road.

“Out of those 10 I bet we were in 70 percent of them. We came back, what were we down, 4-0? Late innings, a couple of big home runs, and we kept battling. That’s what Rick always talks about. Keep battling and eventually good things are going to happen. It was just unfortunate. Danny threw a good pitch, the guy hit a blooper. In this game, sometimes you don’t need a good swing. You’ve seen that from me. Sometimes it happens, and that’s baseball. They came back and beat us.”

Indeed and like both Renteria, as well as Frazier noted, if you execute some of the little things they haven’t at certain points of the game, eventually things will turn around for the better and you will start winning more of those games instead of ending up with tough losses. But the great thing about those losses is they also build great character for when you do eventually have a team built to really win and contend in the next year or two.