Just score runs, baby.
That might as well be hitting coach Frank Menechino’s axiom for the White Sox’ offense. Menechino said the team’s offensive identity is “taking care of the situation at hand, whatever the situation calls for.”
It starts with just getting on base, which the Sox had done to a .342 clip going into their 4-1 victory Thursday against the Tigers to open a four-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field.
“You got guys that are just really trying to score runs,” Menechino said. “Get on base and score runs, get the job done. And it’s really simple stuff, let the situation dictate what the at-bat is going to dictate.”
Getting actual baserunners on against right-hander Casey Mize (3-4, 3.34 ERA), who allowed five hits and no walks in seven innings, was tough. Hitting the ball out of the park wasn’t. Yoan Moncada, Jake Lamb and Yasmani Grandal built a 3-1 lead against Mize, who had allowed only two homers in his previous six starts.
Tim Anderson homered to center in the eighth against left-hander Daniel Norris to make it 4-1.
Lance Lynn (7-1, 1.23) pitched six innings of one-run ball, and Aaron Bummer, Evan Marshall and Liam Hendriks (14th save) pitched one scoreless inning of relief each.
Lynn threw 89 pitches and left after six because “he had a couple of areas that were barking a little bit,” manager Tony La Russa said.
Lynn calmed concerns, saying he…