It finally happened … the losing streak of the Chicago White Sox ended at five long road games Tuesday night, as the “Good Guys” defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 4-2.
The win at Camden Yards put a stop to some bad times for the White Sox, and a large part of the win came from the pitching of Jose Quintana. The left-hander put the team on his back, battled out of some tough jams and did what he needed to do to get the White Sox out of a funk.
Quintana (4-7) pitched well, going seven innings, allowing one earned run on six hits and three walks. He struck out eight, with his season ERA now at 3.69.
Even the bullpen came in and got the job done. Jake Petricka pitched the eighth inning, allowing just a single walk.
In the ninth, it was easy as … OK, it wasn’t easy, but Ronald Belisario gained the save, while ditching his goggles in the process. Scott Downs pitched to one batter in the ninth but failed to get an out.
The save by Belisario was his eighth of the season, rebounding from the loss and blown save from the previous night.
This team … one night (or week) they make you question what are they thinking, and Tuesday they played like a pretty good baseball team.
The White Sox (36-42) scored three runs with one in the first, one in the second and one in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. The Orioles responded with their run in the bottom of the sixth, but the White Sox answered with a run in the top of the eighth as Alexei Ramirez slid his way past the tag at home plate.
One plus in this win was the play of Alejandro De Aza at the plate. He went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-4 with two runs. Conor Gillaspie was 2-for-2, and Gordon Beckham hit a first-inning home run.
For the game, the White Sox out-hit the Orioles, 11-9.
Baltimore (40-36) made it a little closer with a run in the ninth, but a double play (the fourth double play converted in the game by the White Sox) sealed the deal.
The loss went to Miguel Gonzalez, who dropped to 4-5 on the season, now with an ERA of 4.48. In the loss, he pitched five innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and three walks.
Now it is time for the White Sox to win on a more consistent basis, because if they do not, not all of them will be with the team at the end of the season … it is that simple.
It is always good to see the end of a losing streak, but now it is time for this ball club to string together a couple more victories and do whatever they can to get back to the .500 mark (they are six games under).
If the White Sox can get back to the .500 mark, then who knows, but like the old coach saying … “Let’s take it one game at a time.”
But for one night, at least, it was good to see the White Sox as the winners.