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Quintana Takes Support, Rolls With It

May 13 at Milwaukee

Sox Project Update:
Strong-minded project leaders
Those in charge faced a little adversity late, but kept their heads.

Short Take:   The bats come out early to help Jose Quintana, who dominates over 7-plus innings to give the White Sox a series win.

Most of the time, Jose Quintana has to wait awhile for offensive support that never comes. It's why he's become notorious for being tagged with no-decisions. Fortunately, he didn't have to wait long on Wednesday. Some first-inning offense paved the way for Quintana's dominance and a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson quickly faced a battle with Adam Eaton, who forced him to throw 12 pitches and drew a leadoff walk. Eaton moved to third on Emilio Bonifacio's groundout to second and then, came home on Melky Cabrera's sacrifice fly. Hey! An early lead on the road!

But that wasn't all for the Sox in the inning. Immediately after Eaton scored, Avisail Garcia and Adam LaRoche took Nelson out of the park back-to-back. It was the first such occurrence for the White Sox this season. Yes, the Brewers are not the most impressive team to do this against, but it's a start.

The Sox would score only once more on Bonifacio's RBI single in the seventh, but they didn't need anymore runs. Quintana brought the breaking stuff with a vengeance and the Brewers couldn't do much with it. A notable example came when Carlos Gomez fell as he struck out on a curveball. Even I never fell while striking out in Little League and I whiffed quite a bit over seven years.

By going deep in counts, albeit successfully, Quintana was approaching the century mark going into the seventh. Khris Davis and Ryan Braun, sensing Quintana was fatigued, led off with back-to-back singles and moved up 90 feet on Carlos Gomez's groundout. Faced with his biggest jam, all Quintana did was fan Adam Lind and Martin Maldonado to bring his strikeout total to 10.

Quintana came out for the eighth, but promptly gave up a triple to Hector Gomez. That was it for him and despite Jake Petricka's best efforts, he couldn't preserve the shutout after Gerardo Parra hit an RBI single. While that goose egg in the starter's runs column would have been nice, Petricka escaped without further damage.

David Robertson won't always be automatic and the ninth proved it was one of those nights. After striking out Braun, Carlos Gomez took the Sox closer deep and Lind drew a walk, bringing the tying run to the plate in Maldonado. Gordon Beckham saved extra bases by catching a sharp liner and finally, Hector Gomez struck out to give the Sox their third straight series win.

That 4-12 road record still looks very ugly, but it's early enough that it can get much closer to .500. The offense doesn't need to go crazy, but rather do just enough to take pressure off the starter. Of course, whoever's on the mound has to do his part and luckily, that's been improving lately too. A few more weeks of this and that hopefully slow start will become a distant memory.

The Sox now head to California for a weekend series with the Oakland Athletics, another last-place team. That means another chance to right the road wrongs. Carlos Rodon gets the ball Friday against Jesse Hahn. If you're not planning a crazy start to the weekend, the game starts at 9:05 on Comcast SportsNet.

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 The progress is picking up rather nicely. Now, we have to ask whether it can sustain itself.

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