CHICAGO -- Late in Wednesday night's 5-3 White Sox win which featured five White Sox errors, a defensive substitution seemed like an oxymoron, but White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he would do it again.
Omar Vizquel came on in the eighth inning for Dayan Viciedo, and even committed one of the five errors, but his substitution still served a purpose to Guillen.
"That's why I have Omar here," Guillen said. "I have Omar here for a reason. I'd rather have him make the error to lose the game than one of the kids, because he would sleep well. Omar would come back the next day with the same attitude. [Viciedo] may lose a game for us, and might not sleep for 10 days."
The game, which Guillen joked would keep bench coach Joey Cora up at night, illustrated to Guillen exactly what the costs are for a team that regularly commits errors.
"After one error, Freddy [Garcia] had to throw about 17 more pitches to get out of the inning," Guillen said. "That's why I had to use the bullpen more than I should. That's what people don't understand. When you make mistakes, that costs a lot of things. Not just runs, [but] more innings pitched, more pitches thrown, using more people out of the bullpen."