ANAHEIM -- Addison Reed entered the ninth inning of Thursday's contest to protect a one-run lead and finish off a third straight victory. But as the White Sox closer ran in to preserve his 13th save in 14 opportunities, Reed admitted to thinking about his childhood hero, Troy Percival, who was one of the reasons Reed always wanted to be a closer and who picked up all but 42 of his 358 career saves with the Angels.
"I'm not going to lie. That thought crossed my mind when I was coming out of the bullpen and onto the field," Reed said before closing out Friday's victory with save No. 14. "I kind of had a flashback to when I was in the stands, watching him run in and thought it was a cool feeling I got to pitch [Thursday]."
Reed has pitched three scoreless innings in Angel Stadium, just 35 or 40 minutes from where the right-hander grew up in Rancho Cucamonga as an Angels fan. He had a number of supporters in the stands, but he only had to leave six tickets for his family.
"So my friends helped me out a lot," said a smiling Reed of friends paying their own way in. "I left a lot of tickets last year, so it's about time they pay me back."
"They want to hang out, get here early and see you, which is great," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of players returning home to play in front of friends and family, which he also did in Anaheim as a California native. "But you are still working. Sometimes you've got to be a little, I wouldn't say rude, but be a little shorter than you normally would if you were just hanging out."
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