CLEVELAND – After blowing his fifth save despite being staked to a two-run cushion, closer Addison Reed spoke in disbelief over the Chicago White Sox’s latest debacle.
“There’s no answer,” Reed said after loading the bases with no outs and allowing two sacrifice flies in the ninth inning of the Sox’s 6-5 loss at Cleveland in 10 innings. “When things are going bad, they’re going bad. Something new every night.
“Tonight, it was 100 percent my fault. I just got to hang with them and get after them (Thursday).’’
Because of the Sox’s losing trend (dropping 12 of their past 15 games), Reed has received less work. But he refused to put his struggles on the rigors of the season or fewer save opportunities.
“I feel great,” said Reed, who last pitched on Sunday and has pitched only four times since the All-Star break. “Things aren’t working out the way I want them to.”
Reed caused his own mess by allowing a double to Michael Brantley, hitting pinch hitter Jason Giambi on a 1-2 pitch and bobbling a bunt by Drew Stubbs that resulted in an infield hit.
Reed’s struggles mirrored those of the Sox against the Indians this season. The Sox have lsot six consecutive games to Cleveland and 12 of their past 15 to the Indians.
Meanwhile, the Sox (40-65) inch closer to being on pace for 100 losses for the first time since 1970. they are 16-41 in their past 56 games – worst in the majors during that span.