Fry struck out both batters he faced while recording a two-out save Sunday against the Royals.
Manager Rick Renteria used a mix and match approach to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning, bringing on Thyago Vieira to face the leadoff hitter before Fry was summoned to retire the final two. With Nate Jones (forearm) still out, the White Sox don't have a clear front runner for saves and could realistically use this type of rotation until he returns. Fry could continue to see the occasional save opportunity, though his usage in that role will likely be matchup dependent.
Fry allowed a run and a hit to the only batter he faced in the eighth inning of Friday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rays.
Fry entered after starter Lucas Giolito allowed a leadoff double in the eighth inning and became a victim of bad luck. Tampa Bay's Joey Wendle hit what looked like a routine grounder, but an infield shift backfired and Yolmer Sanchez was unable to make a play. That Fry was entrusted with a high-leverage situation is noteworthy, but it was the second straight appearance in which he's entered a game in the eighth inning. He still remains part of the end-game picture, along with Juan Minaya and Luis Avilan.
Fry recorded the first out of the eighth inning Thursday against the Royals, earning his 11th hold.
It was a high-leverage spot -- starter Reynaldo Lopez put the tying runs on base to begin the frame. Still, it was interesting to see manager Rick Renteria turn to Fry in that spot (to face Alex Gordon) and not longtime lefty specialist Luis Avilan. Avilan eventually got the save for Chicago. It adds a degree of uncertainty to this back-end picture, but Fry's peripherals are favorable and it's probably worth holding him in most leagues until this situation plays itself out.
Manager Rick Renteria feels Fry will learn from his blown save and is confident the left-hander has the stuff to close out games, Brian Sandalow of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Fry was granted Chicago's first save chance following the trade of Joakim Soria to the Brewers and flamed out in a loss to the Blue Jays. "I think that he's one of those kids that that's not going to affect him," Renteria said. "He's going to learn from [Sunday's] outing, knowing him. It was a good test for him, and it didn't work out. But he certainly has, I think, the stuff to be able to do it." The White Sox don't have anything to lose by getting Fry back into a similar situation, so that he can apply the lessons he learned, which can only help the team. Mostly, Renteria wants to see Fry locate his pitches within the zone better.
Fry (0-2) allowed three runs on two hits without getting a batter out and was tagged with the loss in Sunday's 7-4 defeat to the Blue Jays.
Fry was championed as one possible closer in a committee of closers after the White Sox traded Joakim Soria, but his first chance since the deal was not a good look on his part. His blown save ruined a fine outing from staff ace Carlos Rodon. "It was a good test for him, but it didn't work out," manger Rick Renteria told Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. "Jace has a good approach, (but) you've got to command the zone." Five of Fry's eight pitches were strikes, but commanding the zone also means putting balls in proper locations within the zone and that didn't happen. The left-hander had been one of the team's better setup men for a couple of months, and he may receiver more closing chances, but Fry's ERA since July 1 stands at 13.50.
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