CHICAGO -- White Sox hitters exited Thursday afternoon's 5-3 loss to the Orioles tied for first with Baltimore in the American League with 111 strikeouts. That ranking came courtesy of Thursday's season-high 16-strikeout performance.
Those swings and misses don't seem to bother hitting coach Jeff Manto because of the exact manner in which they have gone down in specific at-bats.
"They are striking out aggressively," Manto said. "They are getting to two strikes in the proper way. It's not sloppy at all.
"It's actually not alarming at all. We are not swinging at bad pitches, and we are taking deep counts. That's what happens."
Adam Dunn leads the AL with 21 strikeouts, but strikeouts always have been part of the slugger's game. Even with that caveat, Dunn still feels as if he has been swinging at pitches outside of his zone of late and is also focused on his body's position as the ball crosses the plate.
In some cases, strikeouts are less damaging to an inning than a double play. But Manto believes the strikeout always has carried a stigma in baseball.
"You strike out too much, and it's like a traditional knock," said Manto, who has Dunn, Brent Morel (18) and Gordon Beckham (12) already in double-digits for strikeouts. "I don't know why. It seems like if you make contact, there's a little bit of success rate. If you strike out, you really got beat.
"I don't buy into that much. It's just there's a way to strike out: really, a good strikeout and bad strikeout. It's not like we are striking out against mediocre pitching. We got some good pitching that has been throwing against us. I'm sure it will continue a little bit."