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Todd Frazier: 'Little lulls' won't panic White Sox

Todd Frazier: 'Little lulls' won't panic White Sox

Todd Frazier said simplicity is the key to keeping the White Sox on track.

The club enters Wednesday in the midst of its second three-game losing streak of the season, it’s lead in the division having been trimmed to 3.5 games.

But Frazier — who is back in the lineup after he missed Tuesday’s game because of illness — said the team isn’t panicked about a rough spell that has included losses in five of six games. White Sox players know the importance of worrying about the current day’s contest instead of looking at the big picture and that should keep them steady, Frazier said.

“You’re going to go through these little lulls,” Frazier said. “It’s going to happen more than once, and you have to find a way to focus on getting W’s. It starts with the pitching staff, get us going and then let us hitters do our job.”

The White Sox offense did its job for the most part on Tuesday in spite of Frazier’s absence. Though they stranded nine base runners, the club scored at least five runs for the eighth time in 10 contests (they’re 5-5 in that stretch).

But the bullpen let down again, yielding three runs over the game’s final four innings. Matt Albers allowed a game-winning home run to Evan Gattis in the top of the 11th and the White Sox came up just short in a 6-5 loss to the Houston Astros.

While a bout with the flu prevented Frazier from an early arrival on Tuesday, he did eventually show up and made a brief appearance in the on-deck circle. Frazier would have hit for Avisail Garcia had Jose Abreu extended a ninth-inning rally. But after the game, White Sox manager Robin Ventura still was uncertain if Frazier would play in the second game of the series.

Frazier said he feels much better Wednesday after a lot of fluids.

He also likes the attitude and mix of players in the clubhouse and knows that goes a long way at all times.

“We've got good character,” Frazier said. “We have guys that step up. It seems like a different guy every day, I've said that before. We've got guys coming up. We have new pitchers coming up that are coming to play and hitters as well. We've seen a lot of roster moves. We've seen a lot of guys coming up here with the mentality they had in spring training know we have a really good squad and everyone wants to help out.”

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.