MINNEAPOLIS -- Addison Reed joked on Wednesday afternoon he likes to make things interesting.
The White Sox closer has had two close calls the past two days, including one in a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. The more important statistic, however, is the number of saves from those situations: two.
Reed stranded the tying and go-ahead runs in the ninth inning Wednesday as he preserved Jake Peavys ninth victory.
I try not to let anything get to me and try to take every outing the same, whether theres guys on base or its a clean 1-2-3 inning, Reed said. I try not to let things get to me and try not to worry too much.
Reed appeared to have plenty to worry about in the series finale against the Twins after Ryan Doumit doubled with two outs and Danny Valencia walked on a close 3-2 pitch. Twins pinch-runners Darin Mastroianni and Alexi Casilla then stole third and second base on another close pitch that went for a ball.
Its the life of being a closer for him, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. Hes used to it. It doesnt seem to affect him, even when you get games where it doesnt go so well. He bounces back with the same attitude, which you have to have.
Reed bounced back quickly Wednesday as he got Brian Dozier to fly out to center field to end the game. The first-year closer, who was drafted in the third round out of San Diego State in 2010, has now converted 18-of-21 save tries.
Prior to this season, Reed had never blown a save. He went 20-for-20 as a sophomore at SDSU and converted all six save opportunities he had in the minors.
I made a couple pitches they didnt swing at and missed a couple spots, Reed said. It kind of went both ways and we got out of here with a series win so Im feeling good.