White Sox take pride in fighting late into games

White Sox take pride in fighting late into games

CHICAGO -- Third baseman Todd Frazier has played parts of six Major League seasons, but he has never been part of a team like the 2016 White Sox.

His belief centers on his team's ability to fight back late in games.

"I've been on teams that fought, but it seems like [this team fights] just a little bit more," Frazier said. "Just knowing what we have. Not to knock any other teams I've been on, but it's a team where we come in here every day knowing we still have an opportunity whether it's the ninth or the 12th."

"It's just something this team has that you appreciate and you like to see," said manager Robin Ventura. "You would rather have the win, absolutely, but as far as the feeling of the team and the competitiveness and being able to do that, you can take little silver linings of things. They compete, and that's the biggest thing."

Entering Thursday, the White Sox topped the American League with 33 runs scored in the seventh inning, had 16 runs scored in extra innings and had produced 80 of their total 173 runs in the seventh or later.

Tyler Saladino tied the score on Tuesday with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and Adam Eaton brought the White Sox within one on a two-out run-scoring double off Tony Sipp in the 11th. Even during a 1-5 stretch, it's a group that doesn't give up.

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"People have to have it in them, and it's a good group," Ventura said. "Together they have it, and I think they bring that out in each other.

"We've seen that all spring and coming to here. So that's the biggest thing. They look out for each other, and that's important."

Victories are more important than the aforementioned silver linings. This squad is geared for the playoffs and not simply to be competitive, meaning general manager Rick Hahn continuously is looking for ways to strengthen the squad, as he mentioned on Tuesday.

Adding a player or two could change the great dynamic already in place for the South Siders. But after finding instant chemistry with nine new players on the current roster, Frazier doesn't think it will be an issue.

"Not at all," Frazier said. "We had seven, eight new guys come in during Spring Training, and it seems like we played with each other all year long and all of our careers.

"So another guy comes in, he's going to step up and play the Chicago way whether he likes it or not. That's basically it. No cockiness about it. A guy comes in here and they know the record we have. Bottom line: Come in here, dominate and focus on the next day."

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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.