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Quintastic!

May 19 at Seattle


Sox Office Smash Hit:
Moby Dick
The Mariners (anicient or not) met their great white whale in the form of Jose Quintana.

Short Take: Jose Quintana has one of his best outings ever and the Sox have just enough offense to make it count.

Last few weeks haven't been nearly as much fun to be a Sox fan as the previous few were. As expected when they started the rebuild this past winter, the losses are starting to pile up. The Sox have gone 2-10 in this recent stretch coming into Friday night's game against the Mariners. With the 3-game sweep at the hands of the Angels fresh in our minds and a loss last night to open this 4-game series, the Sox sent Jose Quintana to the mound to prove he was indeed the ace/stopper his numbers have shown over the last few years. Quintana hasn't been sharp to start the season but over the last several starts since late April he's looked better and has seen his ERA drop from 6.17 to 3.92 with only one start where he failed to go six. Last night he put the cherry on that sundae of recent solid performances by going eight innings and only yielding one hit and one run. Sadly he did not get the win but the Sox still took advantage winning 2-1 in ten innings.

This game was really all about the pitching. Quintana's performance wasn't the only impressive one. The Sox only managed seven hits and two walks through the whole night. With Jose Abreu getting three of those hits there just wasn't enough offense to spread around to the rest of the team. Fortunately one of Abreu's hits was a massive bomb to left that tied the score 1-1 in the sixth. That was Seattle pitcher Ariel Miranda's only mistake on an equally impressive outing where he threw seven innings of four hit, two walk, nine strikeout baseball.

The Mariners had opened the scoring in the second inning after a leadoff triple by Danny Valencia. He came in to score two batters later on a deep sacrifice fly. After that though the Mariners were swinging at air or making routine outs. There weren't even that many great defensive plays in this game. It truly was pitching domination. After Valencia scored the game settled into a routine. The Sox did manage to get back to back singles in the 5th with one out but couldn't do anything with them. Abreu's blast tied the game in the 6th, and the Sox managed to "threaten" again in the 8th on a pair of infield singles by Willy Garcia and Abreu but could not plate a run.

By this time the Mariners had gone to their bullpen and the Sox followed suit in the ninth, bringing on David Robertson to hold the tie. Then, in the 10th, Kevan Smith finally did something good offensively and got hit by a pitch - which in truth he made no effort to get out of the way of. Way to take one for the team, Kevan. Leury Garcia came in as a pinch runner and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Willy Garcia and third on a ground out by Tim Anderson. Melky Cabrera came up and you know the Mariners would have preferred to walk him but sitting in the on-deck circle was the red-hot Abreu. Melky took a strike and fouled another one off before smacking a linedrive into right field that rolled all the way to the wall driving in Leury with the go-ahead run. Surprisingly, after his recent struggles, Robertson was sent back out to pitch the bottom of the 10th, but the Mariners went down in order for the 6th straight time and the Sox had their win.

So for one night Sox fans got pretty much everything we could dream of. The Sox managed to win. Quintana looked like the stud we all know he is and hopefully stirred up some additional interest from pitching short teams looking to make a run, and Abreu continued his hot streak. Hopefully some of this rubs off on Mike Pelfrey, who takes the mound for the Sox on Saturday. Can the Sox get a second straight win? Tune in at 9:10 in Chicago to find out.

WSI's
Fandamonium:
 Nice to get the win, even nicer to see Jose return to the form that will drive his trade value through the roof.


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