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Bats Quit as Quintana's Qurse Quontinues

June 11th vs. the Kansas City Royals

Toon Squad Update:
Wile E. Coyote
He tries, but his schemes don't work out. Kind of like Quintana.

Short Take: Jose Quintana is let down once again by his offense as the Sox lose to the Royals 4-1 on a hot Saturday in Chicago.

The legend goes in ancient Greece that Sisyphus, the king of Ephyra, thought he was more clever than Zeus. The gods didn't take kindly to his hubris and condemned Sisyphus to push a boulder up a hill, only to see it roll back down so that he could push it up again. This he was cursed to do for all eternity.

I don't think Jose Quintana considered himself more clever than Zeus, or even more clever than Don Cooper. But somehow he too has been condemned to eternally push a quality pitching performance up a hill only to see it roll back down to defeat. The boulder rumbled down yet again today, as the Sox lost to the Royals 4-1 on a sunny South Side Saturday.

This has become a cliche, this exercise in frustration for Quintana. Ten strikeouts and no walks in eight innings. He gave up three runs, all on solo home runs by the cowtowners, but his teammates could only muster one feeble run in the ninth inning. I suppose that avoided the indignity of a shutout, but it was typical of the non-support Quintana receives when he's on the mound.

This opining pilgrim was in attendance at today's contest and saw the emptiness unfold, or maybe I should say fold up. Danny Duffy started for the barbeque boys. Now, Duffy is not someone you'd compare to Randy Johnson or Tom Seaver, but he has enough stuff to turn the White Sox bats into little more than decorative batons. Duffy provided ten strikeouts of his own, and three more by the KC bullpen brought the total to 13 for the hapless Sox. If there are 27 outs in a game, and just under half of those are attributed to strikeouts, that would suggest the existence of a pattern.

Not much more to say about this game except to express my profound sympathy for Quintana (and to offer a hat tip to ChiSoxGirl for suggesting this essay's title). As a rational person I don't buy into curses or spells, but I don't know how to explain the almost supernatural way the White Sox offense dries up when Quintana pitches. The 23-10 euphoria we let wash over us early in the season seems like a lifetime ago. The Sox are now at .500, the very definition of mediocrity.

Rick Hahn isn't sitting still. He's moved on from LaRoche, Latus, Danks, and now Rollins. He's moving on with Anderson, Danish, Shields, and Morneau. But then Sisyphus moved on too, only to repeat the movement over and over again.

I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of watching rocks roll down hills.

That's all folks:
Like Wile E. Coyote, the Sox acquired explosive bats from Acme, only to see the fuses on them fizzle before they blew up in their faces.

submitted by tebman.

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