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Quest In Vain

June 5 at Detroit Tigers


Toon Squad Update:
Sad Sack
Swept again

Short Take: Pitching ineptitude prolongs our humiliation.

Jose Quintana has been the king of no-decisions. Jose ended up with the wrong type of decision today, due to his inability to throw strikes in crucial at-bats. The Detroit Tigers defeated the White Sox 5-2.

The Sox got on the board first. With two out in the 1st, Jose Abreu hit a high, out of the strike zone Verlander fastball over the center field fence for a 1-0 Sox lead. Quintana weathered some 1st and 2nd inning adversity but came away unscathed. In the bottom of the 2nd, Victor Martinez hit a slicing ball to right field that Avi Garcia had to play on a bounce. It probably would have been caught by Adam Eaton. But Victor did not run hard, and the hit was only a single. JD Martinez followed with another single. With runners on first and second, Nick Castellanos grounded a ball to deep short, but Tyler Saladino kept it on the infield and threw to third for a force out. Justin Upton struck out. Then James McCann hit another ball to short, and again Saladino took the force out to third.

The Sox have squandered many scoring chances during the current bad stretch of games. In the 3rd, Alex Avila's patience and good eye paid off with a walk. Saladino doubled to left, and the Sox had a good threat going with no outs. But Eaton grounded out to the pitcher, and Verlander struck out Jason Coats and Abreu. Failing to cash in on this opportunity would ultimately doom the Sox. Another wasted opportunity happened in the top of the 5th, when Jimmy Rollins led off with a double but was left on base by Avila, Saladino, and Eaton.

Detroit tied the game up in the bottom of the 3rd. After two quick outs, Quintana walked Cameron Maybin. Miguel Cabrera drove him in with a double. This run was disappointing because all day long Quintana had pitched from behind. Half of the 24 batters he faced started with ball 1.

Detroit put the game away in the bottom of the 5th. With one out, Ian Kinsler singled and Maybin doubled. Miguel Cabrera was rightly given an intentional walk, and Quintana seemed to make it pay off by popping out Victor Martinez to Abreu. JD Martinez was down 0-2 in the count. Failing to throw strikes when ahead finished Quintana's day. JD eventually walked to force in the lead run, and Quintana imploded. Castellanos singled, Upton doubled, and four Tiger runs scored.

Todd Frazier homered in the top of the 6th, and that was the end of the Sox scoring. One other bright spot was that the bullpen did not allow any runs, unlike the other relief pitching disasters that have plagued this road trip.

The Sox return home for a Monday off-day, then start a series against the dangerous Washington Nationals. Tuesday's game starts at 7:10pm on Comcast Sports Net, and features Mat Latos against Joe Ross.

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