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Chris Getz has a career day, likes the fight the White Sox showed

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chris-getz-white-sox.jpgDown by seven runs in the third inning and on the last getaway day of the season's first half, it would have been easy for the White Sox offense to pack it in. But, fueled by a career day from White Sox second baseman Chris Getz, they scraped and clawed their way back into the game before falling short in a 10-8 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Getz collected a career-high four hits in the game and also reached base on a walk while driving in two runs and scoring another. Afterward, he was more than ready to talk about the competitive spark the Sox displayed -- despite the loss.

"We were down 9-2, there's probably teams that would have just packed it in," he said. "We kept on going at it. It just shows a lot that we had the courage to keep on fighting."
The 25-year-old, who's playing in his first full season in the majors, raised his batting average to .258 and connected on his 13th double of the year. He's hitting .433 in his last 10 games and has four multi-hit games in that span.

Manager Ozzie Guillen was asked before the game what the energetic, younger Sox like Getz, Jayson Nix and Gordon Beckham means to the ballclub.

"It brings a lot to the table," he said. "We've got three guys in the middle of the lineup, they're going to go through slumps because they're power hitters. Thome, PK and JD. Hopefully, that slump doesn't last long. That's the key. But everybody else has to pitch in and be consistent the best they can to help those guys. I think speed, when you put the ball in play, play the game right, that never goes in a slump."

Putting the ball in play and making the most of his speed is something that Getz can do on a consistent basis. His 32 strikeouts in 233 official at-bats make him one of the more difficult Sox hitters to strike out, and he's 13-for-14 in stolen-base attempts.

Getz was most encouraged with his ability on Thursday to hit the ball to all fields. He singled the opposite way twice, drove his double to the gap in right-center and beat out and infield single in the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate before the door was ultimately shut on the Sox' comeback.

Headed into a crucial three-game series in Minnesota, Getz and the other players reiterated how important it was to end on a high note, especially since those four off days can lead to a lot of analyzing.

But, if Getz continues his streak of hot hitting, perhaps that self-reflection won't be the worst thing in the world.

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