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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Reed having a blast closing for Sox

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox closer Addison Reed could choose the song played over U.S. Cellular Field’s speakers when he’s called upon from the bullpen.

A few weeks ago, he even said he was going to consider a tune, but he never got around to it. Without his input, the White Sox blast Kid Rock’s “Bawitdaba" for the rookie closer when the team’s bullpen gate is opened and he jogs out onto the field.

“I don’t care,” Reed said of the music.

What does matter to Reed is closing, and so far he’s proven he can do it. Since White Sox manager Robin Ventura put his trust in the 23-year-old Reed in early May, Reed has come through for the team.

Reed has nine saves in 10 opportunities this season. He’s also shut out opponents in 24 of his 28 appearances. His ERA is 3.96, but that is mostly because he allowed six of his 11 earned runs in one outing.

On Saturday, Reed was reliable once again. In his longest save of the season, Reed allowed no hits, no runs, one walk and struck out one in a 1 1/3 innings to shut the door on the Milwaukee Brewers in an 8-6 win at U.S. Cellular Field.

“I like it,” Reed said of pitching to an additional hitter in the eighth inning. “It just means I’m out there longer. The longer I’m out there, the more fun I have. I was glad I got the opportunity. … I kind of feed off those situations. I love being out there pitching no matter who is up. Just go out and have fun.”

Ventura turned to Reed in a dicey situation with the White Sox leading 7-6 in the eighth inning. The Brewers had runners on first and second base with two outs when Reed entered. Reed didn’t help matters by walking Aramis Ramirez to load the bases, but he bounced back and got Corey Hart to ground out into a fielder’s choice to finish the inning.
Ventura was confident in going to Reed in the eighth.

“I think every once in a while you kind of go to the whip, and you want your best guy against the righties,” Ventura said. “Addy’s that guy right now.”

In the ninth, Reed had no troubles. Rickie Weeks popped out. Martin Maldonado flied out. Taylor Green couldn’t catch up to a 96-mph fastball and struck out.

“I feel good,” Reed said. “Mechanics felt good. It feels like it’s coming out of the hand well. Just keep repeating it.”