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Quintana Deserved Better

June 17 at L.A. Dodgers

Today's Sox Crew:
Jose Quintana spent the whole afternoon building a nice addition to the Sox house, only to see the bullpen burn it down in about five minutes.

Short Take: Rookie left-hander Jose Quintana fired eight innings of shutout ball, but his teammates and his manager screwed it up for him.

What more can you say about the performance of Jose Quintana? On a Sunday afternoon when the White Sox desperately needed their starting pitcher to go deep in the ballgame, the rookie left-hander couldn't have done a better job. He was brilliant, firing eight innings of shutout ball against the team with the best record in baseball the Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out six, walked none and allowed only five hits.

Too bad the rest of the team screwed things up for Quintana. The Dodgers tied the game in the bottom of the ninth off Addison Reed, then added another run off Matt Thornton (2-5) in the bottom of the 10th to secure a come-from-behind 2-1 victory.

Honestly, I have no clue why Quintana was removed from this game. He had only thrown 77 pitches through eight innings. In fact, the eighth inning was one of his easiest frames. He needed only eight pitches to set the Dodgers down 1-2-3. Despite that, Sox manager Robin Ventura went to Reed in the ninth. That move didn't work out well at all. Pinch hitter Bobby Abreu led off the ninth with a single on an 0-2 pitch. One out later, he advanced to third on a 106-hopper through the hole between first and second off the bat of Elian Herrera. Abreu then scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Juan Rivera. No decision for Quintana. Yuck.

Naturally, the Sox went quietly in the top of the 10th and blew the game in the bottom of the inning. The "fun" started with one out when Tony Gwynn Jr. lined a base hit to left off Thornton. Well, it should have been a base hit. Instead, it became a triple because Sox left fielder Jordan Danks left his feet to try to make a spectacular catch. No sale. The ball bounced by him and went all the way to the fence. Thornton nearly escaped trouble by inducing Matt Treanor to hit a weak dribbler to second base for the second out. But after an intentional walk to Abreu, Dee Gordon slapped an RBI single to left to seal the Sox fate.

Too bad the Sox couldn't score any runs against Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano. The only tally for the South Siders came in the top of the sixth when Dayan Viciedo singled home Brent Lillibridge with two outs. Sox batters struck out 13 times against the combination of Capuano and Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario (2-0). I guess that should come as no surprise given that Ventura trotted out one of those patented "Sunday lineups." No Paul Konerko. No A.J. Pierzynski. No Alejandro De Aza. No Alexei Ramirez. We really shouldn't expect too much production when Brent Lillibridge, Danks, Tyler Flowers and Eduardo Escobar all start on the same day. Realistically, Quintana needed to throw a shutout to win this game. Too bad he wasn't afforded the opportunity, because he might have done just that.

Despite a 2-4 road trip, the Sox miraculously still lead the American League Central by 1 1/2 games. They'll try to get back on track Monday night when that very special Cubbie team and those "great Cubbie faithful" invade U.S. Cellular Field. For some reason, the Sox are starting useless right-hander Zach Stewart (1-1, 5.18 ERA) in this game. He'll be opposed by right-hander Matt Garza (2-5, 4.04 ERA). Game time is 7:10, and the home team call can be heard on Comcast SportsNet.

KW Appreciates The Game:
What the **** is Jordan Danks doing in left field? I thought this ******* was the best defensive outfielder in our system.

submitted by JB98.

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