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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Ozzie Guillen frustrated by bullpen

ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he'll spend his off day Thursday at his home in Miami, but it's unlikely he'll be enjoying himself.

Ozzie Guillen I don't have any closer. I don't. ... I see the same [expletive] you guys see. Exactly the same [expletive].

-- Ozzie Guillen

Guillen's frustration boiled over Wednesday afternoon after his bullpen blew its sixth save in seven opportunities in a 7-4 loss to the Oakland A's.

"I don't have any closer," Guillen said. "I don't have any closer. I don't.

"We will see, because at this point on you're just scratching your head and second-guessing yourself what you're doing wrong bringing people to the mound with a three-run lead for a third time and we can't hold the lead. That's not a good sign."

The White Sox bullpen has yielded 22 earned runs in 36.2 innings. It has struck out 14 while walking 31 and allowing seven home runs. The Sox have given up 12 runs in the ninth inning this season, the most in the majors.

The A's tied the game Wednesday by scoring three in the ninth off Chris Sale, and Matt Thornton -- who was tabbed as the closer coming out of spring training -- surrendered three in the 10th. It was the fourth blown save for Thornton.

It wasted another strong effort by John Danks, who for the second time this season did not get a win despite taking a three-run lead into the ninth inning.

"Have we got the people out there with the arms? Yes," Guillen said. "Have we got people who can do that? Yes, there's no doubt in my mind. We've got some people who can do the job."

Guillen then joked about calling former Sox reliever Bobby Thigpen for help, before he stormed off.

"I see the same [expletive] you guys see," Guillen said. "Exactly the same [expletive]."