Pierzynski keeps humor through struggles

Pierzynski keeps humor through struggles

ARLINGTON -- Despite having just two hits in his last 26 at-bats and three hits in his last 35, Pierzynski has been able to maintain some level of his everyday acerbic wit.

A discussion was taking place about the outstanding job White Sox pitchers did on Ichiro Suzuki and Chone Figgins this past weekend, prior to Monday's press conference in Millennium Park to announce the BP Crosstown Cup to be awarded to the winner of the Cubs-White Sox battle. It was mentioned how Figgins was struggling out of the gate, when Pierzynski interjected his opinion.

"Are you kidding? He's raking," said Pierzynski with a wry smile. "I would kill for a .190 average right now."

Pierzynski entered Tuesday's contest hitting .140. But the career .286 hitter certainly knows his hits will come, with the same holding true for the entire White Sox offense.

"Myself and Carlos [Quentin] are really struggling, but I think we are getting close," Pierzynski said. "I tell [hitting coach Greg Walker] I feel great, how I'm having good at-bats and taking good swings. You are doing it all right, but just not getting hits.

"Andruw [Jones], Paulie [Konerko] and Alex [Rios] are carrying us. Hopefully, the rest of us can step up and help out."