Ventura searching for certainty in struggling White Sox bullpen

Ventura searching for certainty in struggling White Sox bullpen
June 26, 2014, 10:15 am
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BALTIMORE -- Here's the current state of the White Sox bullpen: two days ago Robin Ventura praised Javy Guerra for being one of the guys he could go to for a strikeout.

But at the heart of Wednesday's 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Baltimore Orioles was a game-tying grand slam yielded by Guerra to Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning. Four innings later, Daniel Webb issued a walk, allowed a single and followed with a wild pitch and the White Sox fell to 1-6.

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The team's most recent disappointment arrived two days after Baltimore won the series opener on pinch hitter Chris Davis' a three-run walk off homer off closer Ronald Belisario.

With a bullpen that has suffered four losses in seven days the White Sox manager isn't certain who he can and can't trust.

"Every night is different," Ventura said. "You never know exactly what you’re going to get. But you tip your cap to them. They’re the ones, they hit it. It is what it is. It’s not a good way to lose it."

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The bullpen has been stable enough for most of the season given injuries to its top two pitchers, Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom. But this week's struggles have left a team trying to get back to .500 searching for answers after multiple losses in winnable games.

"It’s not a good start to a long road trip like this," said Webb, who has suffered two losses on the trip. "We lost some tough ones in Minnesota and then coming here, losing the way we did (Wednesday) and the first night, it’s tough to swallow, but it’s part of the game. You’re not going to have it your way every night. Hopefully we can go to Toronto and win that series."