Koji Uehara hasn’t been named the closer, but he worked the ninth inning again in a save situation.
It was as hairy as his sideburns. Uehara got the first two outs before giving up back-to-back hits, including Carlos Quentin’s triple that drove Corey Patterson into the fence and reduced the lead to 4-2.
Uehara struck out A.J. Pierzynski to end the game and notch his second North American save, but he’s not the closer. That’s a dirty word in this town. He’s just the latest guy to pitch the ninth inning.
Brian Matusz got the much-deserved win after holding the White Sox to one run over seven innings. He’s allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his five August starts.
A big key for Matusz has been the reduction in walks. He issued only one tonight, giving him six over those five starts.
We can call Matusz a starter, but Uehara isn’t the closer.
Don’t forget it.