With 13 relief pitchers in the bullpen courtesy of the September roster expansion, White Sox manager Robin Ventura has been wearing out a path from the dugout to the pitcher's mound lately.
Matching up relief pitchers left and right, literally, has not always worked out according to plan, but Ventura nailed the changes during Monday's 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
After Sox starter Jose Quintana pitched 4 innings and called it a day, Ventura called on Nate Jones, Donnie Veal, Brett Myers, Matt Thornton and Addison Reed.
The five relievers combined to pitch 5 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit and retiring the Tigers' last 14 hitters in order.
"Their bullpen has done the same thing they've done all year; they come out of the bullpen and put up zeros," Detroit's Delmon Young said. "They did their job. They don't bring in any pooh-pooh guys.
"Everybody's really talented, bringing in bullpen guys throwing up to 100 (mph), lefties throwing up to 100."
Jones (8-0), who has regularly hit 100 mph this season, came in first and got the win after pitching 2 innings.
"It was pretty awesome," Jones said. "It wasn't just about the bullpen. It was about the guys making plays behind us and the offense kicking in when it needed to.
"But we just want to go out there and be bulldogs and try to put up zeros, and that's what we did today."
Ventura even matched up in the ninth inning, as Myers got the first out, Thornton the second and Reed the third and final out, which earned the right-hander his 27th save.
"It's always good to get into a big game and stuff's on the line right there," said Myers, who also pitched the eighth. "I think players excel in those situations, and we were able to pull one out today."
Dewayne Wise had a big 2-run single in the fourth inning, pulling the White Sox into a 3-3 tie with the Tigers.
But with the Sox clinging to a 5-4 lead in the eighth, Wise was guilty of a baserunning blunder that could have been costly.
With the bases loaded and one out, Adam Dunn hit a deep drive to left field. Avisail Garcia made the catch.
Tagging from third base, Gordon Beckham easily would have scored. But Wise also tagged from second base and was cut down at third just before Beckham crossed home plate, ending the inning.
"I made a mistake, I'll be the first to tell you," Wise said. "I almost blew it. I've been playing this game too long to make a mistake like that. I'm just thankful the way we were able to pull it out."
Wise started in center field ahead of Alejandro De Aza, who is 2-for-21 over his last five games.
Believe it or not, the White Sox manufactured all 5 of their runs Monday.
The Sox are second in the major leagues with 192 home runs and improved to 11-30 in games when they failed to clear the fence.
"We definitely didn't do it by the longball today," Gordon Beckham said. "We scrapped this one out. We got down early, but we didn't stay down."