Entering into the home stretch of an extremely promising sophomore season, Jose Quintana had a chance to rub his success in the face of his former team once again in Yankee Stadium. Instead, he was greeted with a booming ground rule double from leadoff man Brett Gardner, followed by an RBI single from Derek Jeter. True to his steady form though, he prevented any further damage, and even blew a 93 mph fastball on the hands by Alfonso Soriano.
He never came out for the second inning. With one out in the top of the second inning, the skies opened up and doused Yankee Stadium for a 1:53 rain delay. With no choice but to sit Jose Quintana, and Charlie Leesman tired from pitching 4.1 innings Sunday, Robin Ventura had to turn to his traditional longman Dylan Axelrod. After pitching a scoreless third inning with a strikeout that reminded of how he spent the first couple months of the season beguiling his way through major league lineups, Axelrod started the fourth by giving up a leadoff double to Alex Riodriguez, and then….
Two errors, seven hits, eight runs and Hawk muttering the line that’s included in this headline.
Konerko homered in the seventh, Sox lost 9-1.
All of a sudden, losing 100 games seems possible again.
Team Record: 56-80
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