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An Old Story -- A One-Run Quintana Loss

May 14th Vs. the New York Yankees

Toon Squad Update:
Wile E. Coyote
Jose Quintana does the best he can, but without runs to back him up he stares down the canyon just before he falls.

Short Take:The Sox lose in the Bronx 2-1 as the New York bullpen cools off their 2016 pattern of late-inning runs.

I have to wonder whether there are times Jose Quintana wishes it would rain. The White Sox lost today to the Yankees 2-1 behind the luckless Quintana, behind whom the Sox hitters seem to freeze. Bad enough Quintana didn't get the run support; worse that it happened against the Yankees.

Quintana's had better fortune this year, coming into this game with a 5-1 record and an ERA below 2.00. But you don't get wins if your team doesn't score more than the other guys, and one run isn't going to get it done. Sadly, that's been the pattern the past few seasons when Jose takes the mound.

The New York American League team, they of the ostentatious history and strutting manner, are deep in a baseball funk this year. They're dead last in the Eastern Division, and I know there won't be a need to pass any Kleenex around when I state that fact. As with most baseball fans outside metropolitan New York, I want to believe in karma when I see the Yankees not doing well. It feels good to see them lose.

And to get them to lose this year, the trick is to get a lead early because the one thing they do have is a strong bullpen. It's going to be an uphill climb if a team is behind the Yankers in the late innings. Today was no exception, as the Bronx belligerents led the game 2-1 from the fifth inning when starter Ivan Nova was replaced by New York's parade of closers. The Sox looked overmatched from that point on.

Which is too bad for Quintana, the Charlie Brown of the South Side pitching staff. He gave up the two runs to the pinstripers on a walk, a double, and a single in the second inning. That was it, but it was enough as the Sox bats didn't show up.

The lone run scored by the Sox was brought on by Todd Frazier's 12th homer, an event we can seem to count on this year. He's still not hitting for average, but he's definitely got power.

The real story of this game was the Bronx bullpen. Eight strikeouts in the last 3-1/3 innings dished out by Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman, all guys who could be closers on most any team. This against a White Sox team that has built a reputation for late-inning hitting heroics, but not today.

Too bad. I remember George Brett's Hall of Fame induction speech in which he acknowledged hitting coach Charlie Lau's help in making him a better hitter. He said Lau's son had given him a Yankee ring to commemorate Brett's HoF induction; "Charlie, I can't do it," Brett said to appreciative laughter, "I don't like those Yankees still."

I knew I always liked George Brett.

That's all folks:
Like Wile E. Coyote, any plans the Sox had to score for Jose Quintana blew up in their faces.

submitted by tebman.

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