After losing an extra inning game just 20 hours before Monday’s contest began, the Chicago White Sox and their young closer Addison Reed showed true resiliency this afternoon with a 2-1 extra innings victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Not only did the White Sox rebound from a frustrating loss on Sunday, they also managed to find a way to win after catching a few tough breaks in the game, including what appeared to be a blown home run call. The entire Sox team showed #TWTW (The Will To Win) on Monday afternoon in Kansas City, but Reed might have provided the biggest effort given the circumstances.
Reed blew his first save of the year in Sunday’s game, but instead of letting this affect him when called upon again, the 24-year-old closer was perfect in the bottom of the 11th for Chicago. Reed went three up, three down, including a game-ending fly out against Billy Butler, who doubled off of Reed to tie Sunday’s ballgame.
Another hurdle the right-hander was able to overcome today was his struggles against the Royals. Coming into Monday’s game, Reed owned a career 10.97 ERA vs. Kansas City, including two blown saves.
With his save today, Reed has now played a role in all but one of Chicago’s 13 wins this season (12 saves, 1 win). In my mind, he’s the early season MVP for the Pale Hose.
Although he was roughed up recently, it appears as if Reed is gaining confidence each time manager Robin Ventura calls upon him. If the Sox want to get back in the thick of things in the AL Central, a confident and effective Reed is a must.