VIDEO: White Sox run out of pitchers, lose to Red Sox in 14
On Wednesday night, the White Sox used up their bullpen and wound up all but giving the game to Boston.
Consider what happened on the South Side of Chicago on Wednesday night (Thursday morning, actually) to be a rare hazard of modern bullpen usage. White Sox manager Robin Ventura ran out of pitchers after 13 innings and wound up dispatching infielder Leury Garcia to the mound in a tie game. Not surprisingly, the Red Sox wound up winning the game in that 14th inning.
The specific culprit in all of this is Ventura's decision to burn through four relievers in the eighth inning. In all, Ventura used eight pitchers and one "pitcher" on the night (said use of nine pitchers in one game ties a franchise record).
As for Garcia, he actually began his unlikely outing by retiring the first two batters he faced (albeit on fairly well struck balls), but then he began pitching like a hitter. Specifically, Garcia issued walks to Daniel Nava and Jonathan Herrera, and then Jackie Bradley Jr., after taking the first five pitches of the AB for a full count, plated both with a line-drive double.
Here's the killing blow ...
Ventura could have left Daniel Webb in to pitch a fourth inning, but with Webb at 59 pitches, the manager thought better of it. That's a very defensible decision, of course. As noted, though, the problem is going through four pitchers in a single frame and allowing two of those to face only one batter each.