CHICAGO -- Addison Reed realizes he’s not a finished product as the Chicago White Sox’s closer.
Reed, a rookie, has been learning bits of the closer craft throughout the season, and his blow save in the White Sox’s 9-8 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday was another valuable lesson in his development.
Reed entered the game in the ninth inning with runners on second and third with one out and the White Sox leading 7-3. Reed gave up two hits and two walks, and the Mariners overtook the White Sox to go ahead 8-7. The White Sox rallied in the bottom of the ninth and bailed out Reed for the win.
On Saturday, Reed talked about what he learned from his previous day’s struggles.
“I guess when you don’t feel like you have your best stuff you have to find a way to get outs,” said Reed, who has 23 saves in 27 opportunities. “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you. The other team definitely doesn’t care how you feel. Last night was a prime example I didn’t have my ‘A’ game, and they got to me a little bit.”
White Sox manger Robin Ventura thought it was good for Reed to learn that lesson and not have it cost the team.
“From experiences of seeing closers that might blow a lead like that, they come back and the team ends up winning it, you get to learn a lesson without actually losing the game,” Ventura said. “I think that’s something he has. He can do it. Not a lot of people could do that. They would blow if off. He understands what happened last night. We’re lucky to end up getting the win.”
Ventura said he also understood Reed isn’t going to get the job done every time.
“No reliever is 100 percent,” Ventura said. “That’s just part of the job of being out there. Not everybody ends up with a zero ERA. There’s times it’s going to happen. It is unfortunate. That’s the way it is. That’s the way the game is. It’s not easy what he’s doing. He’s going to be out there again.”
Reed certainly wasn’t dwelling on it on Saturday.
“I’m ready to pitch today,” Reed said. “I don’t even remember what happened yesterday. Hopefully I’ll get another save opportunity.”