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Ronald Belisario is out as White Sox closer

Jun 28, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Ronald Belisario AP

Ronald Belisario came into last night’s White Sox Blue Jays game in the ninth inning to lock down a 5-2 lead. When he left it was 5-3, with Belisario having given up a homer and having put two more runners on, one of whom came around to score. Robin Ventura had to call on two more relievers to wiggle out of the jam and escape the game with a 5-4 win.

Afterward Ventura announced that Belisario — who now has a 5.54 ERA and has allowed 84 hits in 74.1 innings — has been removed from his role as the team’s closer. Jake Petricka, one of the two who came in to bail out Belisario, could be his replacement. Or possibly Javy Guerra and Zach Putnam. We just know it ain’t Bellisario anymore.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    I liked the way he was pitching last night. He should have been left in the game.

  2. whacko4flacco - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    I’m an Orioles fan and watched the series with the Sox earlier this week. I was wondering the whole time why neither Guerra or Putnam were the closer. Both of them looked pretty solid.

  3. yahmule - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    There will be some FAAB dollars spent on some real stiffs this weekend.

  4. rmalmstrom - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    84 hits in 74.1 innings? For a reliever at this stage of the season? Looks like you doubled his stats, as he has 42 hits in 37.1 innings.

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