Reed has rare blown save in 7-5 White Sox loss
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 11, 2013 11:12PM
Updated: June 11, 2013 11:31PM
The White Sox offense was working again Tuesday, with another multi-home run game.
But 11 hits and home runs from Conor Gillaspie and Adam Dunn couldn’t make up for sloppy fielding and mistake pitches from closer Addison Reed and Ramon Troncoso (0-1).
Three errors, a passed ball and wild pitch all were factors for Toronto in its 7-5 comeback victory in 10 innings, ending the Sox win streak at three and bringing up old issues again.
``It was one of those where we kept shooting ourselves in the foot,’’ manager Robin Ventura admitted. ``Any time you lose like that, it doesn’t feel good.’’
The Sox made their two errors and catcher Tyler Flowers’ passed ball in the first ninth, but Gillaspie’s three-run homer and Dunn’s fourth homer in as many games had the Sox and Jose Quintana ahead 5-4 going into the ninth.
Reed had only one blown save in 20 opportunities before Tuesday, but his two-out, 1-2 pitch to Jose Bautista ended up in the left field bullpen.
``I felt great out there and one bad pitch and next thing you know, tie ball game,’’ he said. ``Immediately when I threw it I knew it would be up and he didn’t miss it.
``It’s my job to get those three outs and I didn’t do it. I take full responsibility.’’
But there was shared responsibility for the outcome before and after Reed’s outing.
The Blue Jays scored two unearned runs in the second after an error by shortstop Alexei Ramirez on Mark De Rosa’s ground ball and then a passed ball charged to Flowers.
The Sox had the bases loaded in the fifth with no outs—but didn’t score to add to their lead.
Gillaspie’s three-run homer in the fourth followed Dunn’s solo homer in the second—his 17th of the season and fourth in four games.
But the Jays did all the scoring after the fourth—including two runs in the tenth off Troncoso, one of them unearned when Flowers dropped a throw home from Alejandro De Aza in left as Maicer Izturis scored.
``I never had it,’’ Flowers admitted. ``It was a tweener hop. The runner sped up and I never had a grip on it.’’
But the tie-breaking run scored first on a wild pitch from Troncoso, who was making only his second appearance after being recalled last week.
He was the fourth reliever to follow Quintana, with Nate Jones and Matt Thornton holding the Blue Jays back.
``Bautista is one of the best home run hitters in the game,’’ said Thornton, who stopped a scoring threat in the eighth with two on and no outs.
``I think it’s just a matter of winning a few games in a row and not letting this one get us down,’’ he added of the aborted win streak.
``We’re going to lose game, but it’s a matter of stringing a bunch of wins together in between those losses.’’
The victory went to Bret Cecil (2-0) in relief, with Casey Janssen getting his 13th save.
The Sox fell to 4-7 in extra innings, with the bullpen giving up a run for the first time in five games.
NOTES: Dunn is 8-for15 with four home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored in his last four games. He is hitting .293 (12-41) so far in June.
Dayan Viciedo, who was 4-for-46 entering the game, had his first multi-hit game since May 26 against Miami.
--Dewayne Wise (strained right hamstring) is close to beginning a rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte.
--Lefthander Leyson Septimo (left shoulder strain) was activated from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted to Charlotte.