Nate Jones is grateful he didn’t have to sit on his first loss in more than 20 months for more than 24 hours.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn’t and won’t hesitate to use Jones -- who on Friday earned his first loss since Aug. 3, 2011 -- as he normally would. Jones recorded an out in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners and said he appreciates knowing his manager hasn’t lost confidence in him.
The right-hander went 8-0 for the White Sox as a rookie last season. He hadn’t lost since he was a member of the Double-A Birmingham Barons when he gave up a pair of runs in extra innings Friday. Even with all of his success, Jones said Friday’s loss was disappointing because he it’s “completely” on him.
“Wins, it’s just good timing, especially a lot of times last year,” Jones said. “I came in when we were down a little bit or we were tied and the offense did their job. But losses are a little different because if you gave up the runs it’s solely your fault. It’s your ‘L.’ That’s the reason why the team lost today was because of you. You take it a little bit harder, but as a reliever you have a chance to go back the next day and get after it.”
Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen is glad Ventura found a spot for Jones in Saturday’s game, which Ventura said he would do if the situation permitted. Thigpen also noted it’s easy to understand why Jones takes a loss so hard even if he was successful in the majority of his appearances last season.
“When I was playing they did the same thing,” Thigpen said. “After a bad game they want to throw you back out there to get your mind in the right spot. … It’s that time of the game. It’s always late in the game so it’s magnified even more when relievers come in and give up a run or get the loss. It’s generally the last three innings and that’s what everybody remembers.”