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Q-wned!

May 21, vs. Boston


Today's Game Rating:
4 STARS
Great outing by Quintana and more 2-out runs scored. We could get used to these kind of performances!

Short Take:Quintana flirts with no-hitter into 7th; picks up the W thanks to some timely offense and clutch relief pitching

In his lone start against the Red Sox last year, Jose Quintana twirled perhaps the best outing of his young career, 8 shutout innings of 5-hit baseball at Fenway Park; a game unfortunately marred by a 9th inning collapse by Matt Thornton and Addison Reed in a 3-1 Boston victory, but a game that helped elevate Quintana from unknown minor league free agent to #3 starter on the American League’s best starting rotation in the span of approximately 14 months. It has been a fun ride. On Tuesday, Quintana aimed to outdo himself, and for over 6 innings, he did, as he took a no-hit bid to the 7th inning before surrendering a broken bat single to David Ortiz with 1 out in the inning. Though he wouldn’t finish the frame, tonight, the bullpen and the offense came to his defense as the Sox took their second straight game, 3-1 over the Red Sox.

Quintana was simply marvelous. Not known for his overpowering arsenal, he mostly toyed with the Red Sox powerful offense with a dazzling display of command and movement, although, did show a few signs of power, most notably in the 2nd inning when he reached back and blew a 95 MPH fastball past Mike Napoli for one of his 5 strikeouts on the evening. In all, Quintana allowed 3 hits and 2 walks over 6 1/3 innings, numbers that won’t jump off the screen at you, but watching him work against one of the American League’s most prolific offenses, it is hard not to imagine a bright future for the 24-year-old lefty.

As for the offense, though they only were able to muster 3 runs off Felix Doubront and a cast of Red Sox relievers, it was the how that was more important, especially for Jeff Keppinger, who has been mired in a slump for weeks, hopefully broke out in a big way with his first White Sox homer in the 5th, a 2-out, 2-run bomb that broke the scoreless tie. For the second straight night, the Sox would score all their runs with two outs.

You can't say the Red Sox didn’t have their chances. Before departing in the 7th, Quintana allowed three straight singles to Ortiz, Mike Napoli, and Daniel Nava to load the bases. Jesse Crain, however, entered and retired Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew on back-to-back strikeouts. Maybe he won’t replace El Duque’s Game 3 performance in the 2005 ALDS, but it was nice. In the 8th, after Matt Thornton started the frame by allowing a walk and a single, Matt Lindstrom relieved him an cleaned up the mess, although Boston did tally a run on an error by Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko made a clutch, late inning defensive gem for the 2nd straight night, starting a 3-6-3 double play with the tying run on third base to end the threat.

The Sox tacked on an insurance run in the 8th as Alex Rios doubled home Alexei Ramirez and, in an early summer downpour, Addison Reed worked a perfect ninth to seal the win.

The White Sox will go for the sweep tomorrow evening at the Cell as Hector Santiago takes the mound against Clay Buchholz. Game time is 7:10 PM in Chicago and the game will be televised on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
An enthusiastic two thumbs up any time you beat the favored sons of the Bristol Sports Machine


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