Addison Reeds major league resume isnt long, but he has already gained the trust of his manager.
The White Sox rookie closer was called upon in Saturday nights 8-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers for an extended appearance as he recorded the first multi-inning save of his career.
Reed -- who has a 3.96 ERA in 28 games -- entered a one-run game in the eighth inning to face Milwaukee hitter Aramis Ramirez with two runners on base after White Sox manager Robin Ventura elected to intentionally walk Ryan Braun. Reed walked Ramirez to load the bases, but maintained the lead when he induced an inning-ending grounder out of Corey Hart.
The San Diego State-product later returned for a perfect ninth inning to preserve the victory. Reed has converted nine of 10 save opportunities since he took over the role on May 5.
I dont know if its arrogance, but its just confidence, Ventura said. I think all closers have a certain amount of it and he has it. Hes never come in and looked scared or unconfident at all. Thats just the way he came.
While the multi-inning appearance was his first in the majors, Reed said he had several two-inning appearances for the Aztecs in college. And he has no problem if hes asked to pitch more than an inning.
Any time Im out there Im having fun, said Reed, who has a 0.93 ERA in 10 save chances. So any time Im there for more than three outs, Im glad to do it. Hopefully Ill do it more. I kind of feed off those situations.
The significant difference in those situations is entering a game twice with the game on the line. Instead of a one-and-done entry from the bullpen, Reed must sit on the bench in between innings.
So whats on his mind during that rest period?
I just sit there, relax and try not to think about anything because the more I think, the more trouble I get into, Reed said. I just sit there and watch the game and when I get back on the mound I start focusing and dialing in.