Bullpen Does Great Job Picking Up Shields
In what is becoming a disturbing trend for the White Sox this season, the team’s bullpen had to cover more than half a game again. On Saturday, after Shields lasted just three innings pitched, the bullpen successfully covered the remaining six innings. In Shields last three starts, the bullpen has had to cover a significant amount of innings.
Shields was brought to the White Sox in the hopes he could eat innings, but that hasn’t been the case for the team lately. Matt Albers, Dan Jennings, Chris Beck, Nate Jones and David Robertson pitched on Saturday. Shields departed in the fourth inning after loading the bases on singles from Adam Conley, Dee Gordon and Martin Prado. Albers gave up a two-run RBI single to Giancarlo Stanton that was charged to Shields, and put the White Sox behind 7-5.
After the two-run single, the White Sox bullpen was able to hold the Marlins scoreless throughout the remainder of the game. Beck was able to get his first MLB win after pitching 1.1 scoreless innings, and appearing in the game after the White Sox grabbed an 8-7 lead. Jones and Robertson were brilliant in their appearances, with Robertson recording his second consecutive save on Saturday.
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