Jones dealing with flip side of W-L record this season

Jones dealing with flip side of W-L record this season

ANAHEIM -- Nate Jones' 8-0 mark out of the bullpen in 2012 was the best record in White Sox franchise history posted by a first-year pitcher, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. With an 0-4 ledger after picking up the loss in Saturday's 12-9 setback, Jones is experiencing the darker side of the results.

Those losing ways haven't changed Jones' positive attitude.

"It's a little bit different, but you know you got to keep grinding," said a smiling Jones. "You got to keep throwing strikes. The luck will change at some point. But just keep grinding.

"One pitch can change the game. That's all it takes. I feel like I threw pretty good yesterday and just made one bad pitch and that was the 0-2 to [Mark] Trumbo when he hit the [go-ahead] double. Other than that, I felt good about what I did."

Jones worked a career-high 3 1/3 innings in relief of Hector Santiago on Saturday, covering 48 pitches. He admitted to tiring at the end of his outing but doesn't mind the extended relief work, which already has resulted in four outings of two-plus innings this season.

"I have the same attitude as last year," said Jones, who had a 2.39 ERA over 65 games last year, compared to 5.75 in 16 games this season. "Whatever they want me to do, I'm more than willing to do it. I'm going to give it 100 percent no matter what it is. It doesn't bother me too much."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.