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Same Old Story: No Run Support for Q

July 7 vs Toronto Blue Jays

Sox Project Update:
Halfway done? HAHAHAHA!
Construction ahead. Expect delays.

Short Take:  Jose Quintana is stellar against a tough Jays lineup, but gives up 2 runs - too many for this sluggish Sox offense to overcome

Jose Quintana has GOT to be frustrated.

Whenever Quintana takes the mound, his 2015 teammates can't seem to hit their way out of a paper bag. He has repeatedly given a terrific performance, and yet does not have much to show for it.

Tonight, Quintana pitched his butt off again, this time against the Toronto Blue Jays – the MLB-leading run producers. Q pitched 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 earned runs, 0 walks and 8 strikeouts, and what did he get? A 2-1 loss. How can he lose a game with a line like that? Oh, yeah…it's the 2015 White Sox offense (or lack of it).

It's sooooo wrong, it makes me want to apologize profusely to him. Quintana doesn't deserve this. Heck, most of the 2015 White Sox starting pitching staff doesn't deserve their W-L record. But Quintana seems to be getting the brunt of it.

Coming into tonight's game, the Sox had won 5 of their last 6 games, and last night's exciting Chris Sale vs. Mark Buehrle matchup and White Sox winner had fans all abuzz.

But we came back to reality tonight, when the Sox couldn't muster more than 1 run off of Felix Doubront, a pitcher who's been banging around the majors and the minors for a while. Doubront just got called up from AAA this season to audition for a spot in the Blue Jays' starting rotation.

The Sox could not make any headway against the Jays bullpen either, except to needlessly raise our hopes in the bottom of the 9th by getting the tying run at 3rd base with 1 out. I'll bet you can guess how that ended.

In the top of the 1st, the Jays give the Sox a lesson in how to manufacture runs. A leadoff single by Jose Reyes was followed by a stolen base. Reyes advanced on a grounder to 3B, and then scored on a fielder's choice.

I thought this game might be different from the usual lethargic offensive effort when the Sox responded with a little 2-out run scoring in the 2nd inning. After Adam LaRoche struck out and Alexei Ramirez grounded out, Gordon Beckham doubled down the 3B line. Tyler Flowers graciously sacrificed his elbow for a HBP, and then Carlos Sanchez tallied a rare RBI by singling in Beckham.

But the Jay's 2015 appointed Sox killer, Josh Donaldson, negated that effort by hiting a solo home run off of Quintana in the top of the 4th to give the Jays a 2-1 lead. And that proved to be the game winner.

In the 7th, Flowers got on base with no outs, courtesy of a Reyes error at shortstop. I had a fleeting feeling of déjà vu - last night's run scoring and eventual win began in the same fashion. But alas, it was not to be. Carlos Sanchez couldn't execute a bunt, and then grounded into a double play. Adam Eaton singled up the middle, which booted Doubront from the game. But righty Bo Schultz got Jose Abreu to ground out on the very first pitch.

Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless, albeit interesting, top of the 9th. After walking leadoff hitter Donaldson, a bouncer up the middle from Jose Bautista went right to the 2nd base bag for a tailor-made double play. Edwin Encarnacion then drove a long one that bounced off the top of the center field wall back into play. Adam Eaton played it perfectly and quickly threw to Ramirez at 2nd base, cutting down Encarnacion and ending the inning.

Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna came in to close the game in the bottom of the 9th. A promising start saw Ramirez hustling for an infield hit, and he moved to 2nd on a successful sac bunt by Beckham. One wild pitch later, and Ramirez was standing on 3rd base with 1 out. But pinch hitters JB Shuck and Conor Gillaspie both popped out in foul territory.

It's another frustrating loss in a frustrating season, and I'd be willing to bet that Rick Hahn's phone is ringing with calls from other teams looking to trade for Jose Quintana.

Today's game was number 81, the halfway point of the season for the White Sox. After tonight, the Sox have a 37-44 record and are last in the AL Central, 11 games out of 1st place, and 6.5 games out of a wild card spot. Yep, we're halfway through the season. I guess it's probably time to lose the "it's early" excuse.

The Sox continue their 2nd week of the All-Avian Games when they face the Jays tomorrow at 7:10 pm CST. John Danks is scheduled to face Drew Hutchinson.

Rebuilding Recap:
 This construction project is teetering dangerously toward the side of "tear it down and start over again".

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