Reed embraces the intensity of ninth inning

Reed embraces the intensity of ninth inning

Reed embraces the intensity of ninth inning
CHICAGO -- At some point after the fifth inning of Sunday's series finale with the Cubs, Addison Reed got ready to pitch. He's the White Sox closer who hasn't been named the White Sox closer, so the right-handed rookie could be used at any time.

But Reed won't hide the fact that he wants to pitch the ninth inning, with the game on the line. He finished the 6-0 victory on Sunday with one scoreless frame, completing the three-game sweep at Wrigley Field, although no save was involved.

"I really like throwing in the ninth," said a smiling Reed. "I'm not going to lie."

Reed picked up his fourth save on Friday, striking out Reed Johnson to end the game. He pitched around Darwin Barney's double to right that Alex Rios lost in the sun.

That sort of miscue doesn't come close to unnerving the 23-year-old, who thrives on working out of those tough situations.

"It kind of pumps me up a little more and makes the situation a little more intense," Reed said. "I like when things aren't the way they should be. I like having a little more pressure out there. I didn't lose any confidence.

"Just everything. Just the adrenaline," added Reed as to why he likes working the ninth. "It's when their hitters are obviously most prepared and most amped up to try to win a game for the team. I like that pressure. It's just something about pitching with that extra pressure, with the crowd into it and hitters more focused. I just like being out there in that situation. I feed off of that."

Playing his first series at Wrigley Field also has been an exciting experience for Reed. He even got a bonus boost of energy from a few Cubs fans prior to Friday's appearance.

"Right when I got in the game, there were a couple of guys who were saying they were happy I was going in so the Cubs could win," Reed said. "That got me a little fired up. I'm glad they said that. I normally don't hear stuff in the stands. That was one thing that stood out."