It might not have been redemption for Bobby Jenks, but it was certainly a good evening for him and the White Sox.
Jenk’s sixth save wasn’t a 1-2-3 inning. But it re-established the closer in his domain -- the 9th inning -- after blowing Sunday’s game against Toronto.
“It’s one game,” Jenks said. “Everybody’s hitting the panic button in [expletive] April. Chill out. The other game [Friday night] I gave up a solo home run, the wind was blowing out 20 miles per an hour.”
Jenks was upset that the finger was pointed solely at him after Sunday’s disaster. He was five-for-five in save opportunities previous to that contest.
“I don’t want to comment too much about it because I don’t want to really start anything, but it’s one game,” he said. “It’s one [expletive] game. Things happen.”
On Tuesday night, Jenks had three runs to work with when he gave up a monster double to center field off the bat of former teammate Jim Thome.
“The worst part is that when you make a mist take you want to miss down,” Jenks said. “But not to Jim, he a low-ball hitter. That’s the exception where missing up is better.”
After Thome’s double, manager Ozzie Guillen came out to the mound to deliver a quick message to Jenks.
“When you’re a closer, I don’t care how good your stuff is, you can’t get behind on hitters,” Guillen said. “The last thing we wanted to do in that inning was to see [Joe] Mauer and [Justin] Morneau come up there. If you want to put yourself in that position, then I’ll put somebody else out there to pitch.”
Jenks had the final word of the evening when he declared that Thome has to stop inning bombs like he did off of him Tuesday night.
“I know where he lives,” Jenks said. “I’ll toilet paper his house.”
The White Sox’s eight-game losing streak outdoors in Minneapolis ended on Tuesday night. The streak goes when the Twins were playing in old Metropolitan Stadium. (The eight losses occurred from May 28, 1980 to Sept. 13, 1981.)
Outfielder Juan Pierre’s 9th inning double was his first extra-base hit of the 2010 season. The double came in his 131st at-bat. It was the 200th double of his career. Pierre is batting .375 with 6 stolen bases and 7 runs in his past nine games.
The White Sox stole one base in Tuesday night’s game, giving them a league-high 37 for the season.