CHICAGO -- What a difference a few hours make for a young team trying to find its way through a big league season. Before Monday’s game, Robin Ventura preached patience when talking about his slumping hitters.
“We have some young guys and part of it is having patience and seeing what is there,” Ventura said. “We have some great veteran guys on the team who are kind of bringing them along and showing them the right way to do things. That stuff pays off.”
The bottom third of White Sox’s batting order came on strong in the middle Chicago’s 7-5 win over the Tigers, helping steal a much needed victory from Detroit. Dayan Viciedo came out of a 1-for-16 slump with a career-high 4-RBI night that included a two-run home run in the fifth inning.
“You have confidence in yourself but when you hear it from the manager, it makes you feel better,” said Viciedo through a translator. “That helps you be more at ease and then you know what to do.”
Adam Dunn put the Sox back in the game with a two-run home run in the first inning, his 12th of the season. (He had 11 in 2011.)
“I will never talk about hitting or mechanics because I don’t know them myself,” Dunn said. “I do know how important it is to stay even keeled through the good and the bad.
The Sox may look back on this early season game as a jumping off point for in quest to be a good team with a nucleus of good young hitters.