KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jacob Petricka ended a solid night for the bullpen on Monday with his first career save.
Of course it wasn’t exactly how the White Sox rookie would have thought it would go. Petricka eventually took over after White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom exited a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals with a lower-leg injury. Petricka recorded two outs, including one on a pickoff play to preserve the victory.
Petricka likened the surprise outing to his major league debut last Aug. 22 when the White Sox called upon him in the 11 th inning of a game they went on to win in 12.
Just like that one he didn’t expect to pitch. Just like that one, Petricka came out clutching a game ball.
“You never expect that,” Petricka said. “It’s exciting. It was a little bit of an adrenaline rush.
“I was thrown right into the fire. You can’t think. You just have to perform and luckily I was able to get it done.”
The White Sox bullpen performed for five innings after they were handed a 7-6 lead courtesy of a two-run homer by Paul Konerko, the 436th of his career. The White Sox hit three home runs as they rallied from a five-run deficit.
Relievers Zach Putnam and Ronald Belisario then combined for four scoreless innings, retiring 11 of the 12 batters they faced.
Lindstrom began the ninth inning by allowing a leadoff single to Nori Aoki and the reliever then committed an error on Alcides Escobar’s sacrifice bunt.
Lindstrom suffered a lower-leg injury on the play and exited the game. He was receiving treatment in the training room after though no details had surfaced.
Scott Downs took over and struck out Eric Hosmer. Petricka then picked pinch runner Jarrod Dyson off second base and got Billy Butler to ground out.
“The bullpen was great,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “They continue to shine for us.
“(Petricka) wasn’t scheduled to come in at that time, but after Lindy was hurt, the situation you’re in, I just felt it was better to get him in there right away, knowing Butler was up next. Jacob has been pretty good with getting ground balls, so you have to roll the dice some way, and guys came through. Scotty, that’s a big out. Jacob, being heads up, doing a little spin move to get the guy at second.”