Fry allowed two hits and struck out two over 1.1 innings in Friday's 6-3 win over the Tigers.
Fry was closing in on what would have been his third save but was replaced with no men on base after getting the first out of the ninth inning. It could be that the 27 pitches Fry had thrown was at his upper limit, so manager Rick Renteria had Juan Minaya mop up. Fry deserves to close out games and has been nasty during the month of August, striking out 16 of the 32 batters faced.
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.
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