Friday, April 5, 2013
Jones reaches unpleasant firsts
By Doug Padilla
Sox reliever Nate Jones and catcher Tyler Flowers talk on the mound during the 10th inning.
CHICAGO -- There were some firsts for the Chicago White Sox bullpen on Friday and they weren’t necessarily the kind to celebrate.
Not only did the bullpen give up its first runs of the season in an 8-7 loss to the Seattle Mariners in 10 innings, reliever Nate Jones suffered the first loss of his career.
White Sox relievers had gone 12 2/3 scoreless innings this season, including 5 1/3 scoreless Friday night before Jones gave up the first of his two runs in the 10th inning that ended up deciding the game.
After going 8-0 in 65 appearances last season, Jones now knows what a loss feels like.
He was actually in his second inning of work after pitching a perfect ninth inning, something manager Robin Ventura did by necessity as the game dragged on.
“You are getting a little thin out there (in the bullpen),” Ventura said. “We used Hector (Santiago) Thursday. (Jones) has been extended before. He can go two innings. That’s nothing new for Nate.”
It was the first time Jones gave up more than a run in an outing since July 13 of last season at Kansas City when he also gave up two.
Otherwise, Ventura was pleased with his bullpen, especially Matt Lindstrom, who pitched a scoreless 2 1/3 innings to match the longest outing of his career.
“Mattie came in and kind of stopped it right there and then the offense had a good night,” Ventura said. “Coming back we got a lot of good at-bats in a row and battled and got us close. But you know, it’s just one of those that you like seeing what the offense did too. I like the approach.”