Storm, Yankees wash away sluggish Sox

CHICAGO -- First there was the rain delay to start the game when no rain actually showed up.

When the game did start between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox nearly an hour late, it made the phantom rain delay seem more interesting, at least for White Sox fans.

Finally when a real rain delay began late in the game -- one that wouldn’t have happened if the game started on time in the first place -- it ultimately brought a merciful end to another White Sox defeat.

The 6-0 loss to the Yankees in a game that lasted just 6½ innings showcased more bad offense for the White Sox, featured an opponent whose plate approach was in stark contrast to theirs and was also a rare night when the pitching wasn’t at its best. It also showcased the difficulty in reading a weather radar.

In a season when the White Sox have showed they don’t have what it takes to win any division, much less a weak American League Central, Wednesday’s defeat only magnified that belief.

The White Sox will continue to believe (what choice do they have really?), but they have hardly looked less competitive. Their fourth consecutive defeat came against a team far better than them and against a pitcher in Phil Hughes (2-3), who has dealt with injuries and struggles this year and was pitching for his spot in the rotation.

“Every time the game is over it’s over with and I have to come back here tomorrow and keep fighting,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I’m not going to give up, and I’m not going to give in. I think the players should know. When the manager gives up is when everything falls apart.

“Players will give up on themselves and players can give up on the team, but when the manager gives up that’s the worst think about it. I’m not going to give up.”

Guillen tried to say he wasn’t a loser, but then backtracked.

“Well, yes, I’m below .500 so I am a loser right now,” he said of his 52-56 squad.

The White Sox still have 39 games left against division teams so they think they have a chance and technically they do. Where they find the energy to do what it takes in those games is anybody’s guess.