Ken Williams would address the team

CLEVELAND — Executive Vice President Ken Williams reportedly addressed Chicago White Sox players and staff Friday at the Guaranteed Rate Field.

News of the encounter, reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, became public Monday as the Sox began their final journey before the All-Star break with the first of four games against the Cleveland Guardians.

It was a bumpy start for the Sox as the Guardians scored five goals in the first against Lance Lynn. The Sox got a point before losing 8-4 to 13,655 at Progressive Field.

“When you give up five runs with two outs, it hurts,” Lynn said. “But I have to be better from the start. I have to be better in every way. There is no other way to say it.

“Make better pitches. Get me in better counts. And when I get into those counts, keep people away and don’t give up punches.

The Sox had a chance to overtake the Guardians and take second place in American League Central. Instead, they fell to 41-44, 5½ games behind the Minnesota Twins and 1½ behind the Guardians.

According to Nightengale, Williams discussed the “underperforming performance this season, reminding them of their talent, but that it was time to focus and pull themselves together.” Nightengale added in the tweet: “No one has been absolved, from staff to players, for the misfortunes of the team.”

Monday’s wobbly premiere wasn’t the product of any particular problem. The Guardians didn’t hit the ball very hard in the inning, but they kept finding ways to get away with it.

Franmil Reyes started a run with a single. Two runs scored on a broken bat single at center by Nolan Jones. Myles Straw’s two-run single made it 5-0.

Lynn threw 39 pitches in the first.

“I don’t think he was beaten in that first inning,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “He got the ball on the ground and they found holes. It would be different if they centered it, but they didn’t. Buzzard chance in the first inning.

It looked like it would be a long night for the Sox.

But Yoán Moncada put the team back in the game with a three-run homer in the third. AJ Pollock’s RBI single an inning later made it 5-4.

“We know we have to fight back every time,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “Fighting the whole game and that’s what we did (Monday). It doesn’t matter if we’re high or low on the scoreboard, we have to give our best in every set.”

That’s as close as they would get.

Lynn allowed Reyes a single and hit Andrés Giménez in the fifth. He exited after allowing Jones a two-run brace on his 100th shot.

“I watched it in the fourth,” La Russa said. “First and third (with one out), took the heart out of the lineup. We checked him and he said, ‘I’m ready to go.’ »

Jones scored on a Straw single that deflected reliever Matt Foster, extending the Guardians’ lead to 8-4.

“You’re looking at two games (Tuesday),” Lynn said, referring to the split doubleheader. “To be honest with you, I have to go six (innings) and I let the team down.”

Lynn allowed eight runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and two walks in over four innings.

“I have to get off to a better start,” he said. “The last two games, for sure, when you throw 30 pitches in the first, you go early in a high number of pitches. And later in the game you will be higher than you want.

“Understanding how to get through the first run in 15 (courts) or less and go from there.”

And the Sox need to find ways to improve against the teams ahead of them in the division. They are 1-5 against the Guardians and 1-5 against the Twins, against whom they open a four-game series Thursday at Target Field.

“It’s definitely important because we’re playing against our division rival,” Moncada said of the streak before the All-Star break. “We need and we want to win every game. And that’s our goal. That’s what we’re trying to do this week. (Monday) is a thing of the past. We have to push forward and try to get as many wins as possible.

Ahead of the game, La Russa addressed a report from Nightengale, who wrote on Sunday: “There have been many whispers of unrest, cliques and the lack of player leadership inside the clubhouse tearing this team apart. talented.”

“We talk about family, responsibility, responsibility, improvement, being honest about what we’re doing right or wrong,” La Russa said. “Very tight club. That’s why it’s more irritating, but more irritating if our fans buy into it.

“Again, it is within our power to go from a losing team to a winning team. And you win more arguments when you win.

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