CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen questioned the team's fight Wednesday not long after they dropped their sixth consecutive game to the red-hot Detroit Tigers.
"Their fight left three days ago," Guillen said. "I don't care what they say. We've got coaches and all this stuff, we're still out there and hopefully win some games. You know what's funny? Some coaches might need the $5,000, $3,000 to be in second place. The [players] might not. But the [coaches] do. They can buy Christmas gifts for their kids.
"... But the fight? No, I don't see it."
The Tigers rallied with three runs in the top of the ninth inning, on a pair of home runs. Ryan Raburn hit a pinch-hit homer off Chris Sale and Alex Avila added a pinch-hit two-run shot off Sergio Santos to tie it. The Tigers went ahead in the 10th inning against Santos on an RBI single from Carlos Guillen.
Santos also blew a save and gave up a walk-off home run to Miguel Cabrera in Detroit on Sept. 3 as the White Sox couldn't hold a seven-run lead. He was asked whether the team's falling out of contention so quickly this month had an adverse affect on motivation.
"I don't think so," Santos said. "I think you got to have the same aggressiveness, the same motivation to go out and compete. We have a job to do. You can't call it quits and go home because we're not going to the playoffs. You got to ride this out and continue to play hard every day, every inning and see where everything falls."
The White Sox are just 5-9 this month, with six of those defeats to the Tigers. They trailed by 5½ games when they faced the Tigers for a series in Detroit on Sept. 2, but were swept to fall 8½ back. After the Tigers completed a sweep in Chicago on Wednesday, the White Sox fell to 13½ back.
One more White Sox defeat or Tigers victory will officially eliminate the White Sox from playoff contention.
Paul Konerko put the entire month into perspective.
"He's probably right," Konerko said of Guillen's assessment that the team is no longer playing to its capabilities. "It's probably been more than three games. But that's what comes with the territory this time of year. There are a handful of other teams that are going through the same thing.
"It happens in September and it comes to an abrupt end, the first week or so after it happens everybody kind of doesn't know what to do. That's what's happened here. I've seen it before with myself. I've seen it with the team. I've seen it with other teams. It's just the nature of the beast with this game."
Guillen, who claims that he isn't frustrated but embarrassed, said that anybody who doesn't want to play anymore just needs to speak up.
"I don't want to waste my time playing people if they don't want to play, and keep suffering and getting older and wrinkled and white hair when somebody else doesn't care," Guillen said. "I don't say everyone. I'm not pointing any fingers at anybody. If anybody out there doesn't want to perform, that's easy. Call [GM] Kenny [Williams], call [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf], make sure you stay home and get it next year like I hear all the time in the paper. Have a better year next year."
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.