Fry struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning to record his sixth hold of the season in Friday's 1-0 win over Boston.
Fry came on after starter Dylan Covey allowed a leadoff single in the seventh inning. After a groundout, an error put men on first and second with one out before Fry struck out Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley to end the threat. Having Fry enter the middle of an inning to shut down a potential rally was an indication of manager Rick Renteria's growing confidence in him. Should the White Sox move relievers like Joakim Soria and Nate Jones at the trade deadline, Fry could grab some save chances later in the season.
Fry has been dominant in 8.1 innings this season -- he's allowed no hits and walked only two -- which has helped him earn a high leverage role with the White Sox. While it was surprising to see him get a save chance Sunday, it almost certainly was because of his platoon advantage against Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo, both of whom came to bat in the ninth inning. Regardless, the White Sox closer situation remains incredibly unclear to the frustration of many fantasy owners, and it will only get worse if Fry continues to get opportunities against left-handed heavy lineups.
Fry pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Rangers.
Fry started the eighth inning and pitched into the ninth inning, setting up the save chance for closer Nate Jones and registering his third hold in six appearances. This was just the second time Fry's appeared in a high-leverage spot and the first time he's pitched in the ninth inning of a game. The 24-year-old left-hander has retired 22 of 24 batters faced and has not allowed a hit over 7.1 innings.
Fry will be utilized out of the bullpen during his time in the big leagues. Over 6.2 innings of relief with Triple-A Charlotte this spring, he's logged an impressive 1.35 ERA and 0.48 WHIP with an 11:0 K:BB. In a corresponding move, the club optioned Juan Minaya to the minors.
Fry was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
After missing all of the 2016 season recovering from his second Tommy John surgery, Fry moved to the bullpen in 2017 and pitched well enough at Double-A Birmingham to earn a September call-up to the big leagues. His 6.2 innings there were ugly, as he gave up eight earned runs while walking five and striking out just three. He'll attempt to get back on track with Charlotte and could be in contention for another call-up later this season.
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