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Oh, Hey, They Won!

June 24, at Baltimore

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Producing yields again
After 5 straight frustrating losses, I'll take anything positive!

Short Take: Quintana shuts down Orioles and Belisario escapes 9th inning jam to snap 5-game losing streak

One day after suffering one of the more bitter losses of the season, the Sox rebounded to snap a 5-game losing streak behind a strong outing from Jose Quintana and just enough offense to survive another shaky ninth inning performance from Ronnie Belisario. Despite leaving 8 men on base and going only 2-11 with runners in scoring position, the Sox outlasted Baltimore for a 4-2 win.

Aside from ending their season-worst losing streak, the story of tonight’s game was Quintana. He had one of his best starts of the season, going 7 strong innings, allowing just a single run, scattering 6 hits and 3 walks against 8 punch outs. A night after Chris Sale was denied the opportuntity to play stopper by a 9th inning meltdown, Quintana answered the call, giving the Sox one of the finer starts of his season and young career.

As for the Sox offense, they made an occasional appearance. Gordon Beckham started the scoring with a solo home run in the 1st inning. Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez had the best nights at the plate, each collecting two hits and Ramirez scoring a pair of runs, each time driven home by De Aza.

Still, if you had a nervous energy while watching, you certainly weren’t alone, as the Sox threatened to blow the hinges off this game multiple times, but allowed Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez to constantly dance in and out of trouble. In the 2nd, they had runners at the corners. In the 4th, Beckham came to the plate with the bases loaded. In the 5th, they loaded the bases again with no outs. All of these scenarios netted the Sox a grand total of zero runs, and if you have been paying attention to the last 10 or so games, with the Sox consistently jumping out to early leads only to watch them evaporate over time, well, this must have felt like déjà vu.

And it nearly was, after Jake Petricka pitched around a lead-off walk for a harmless 8th inning, Robin Ventura handed the 9th inning over to embattled closer Ronnie Belisario. Not before LOOGY Scott Downs allowed left-handed hitting Chris Davis to reach on a single, mind you, but a shaky inning highlighted by back-to-back singles, a run scored, and finally an inning-ending double play certainly won’t do much to calm the nerves of anxious Sox fans likely in need of a dosage boost for their heart medicine after this past week.

Still, a win is a win and hopefully this is the first of a rebound as the Sox had lost 5 games in a row and 9 of their last 11 and 5 games in the standings to Detroit since their last flirtation with the .500 mark two weeks ago.

The Sox and O’s will play the rubber game of this three-game set tomorrow evening as Hector Noesi looks to keep the good vibes going against Baltimore’s off-season free agent splash Ubaldo Jimenez of the 2-8 record and 4.63 ERA. Game time is 6:05 PM Central time and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

The Futures Market:
Offense still sputtering, bullpen still a work in progress, but good starting pitching can overcome a lot of problems

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