White Sox, Jose Quintana win opener against Indians
May 20, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie (12) connects for a triple in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox used a home run, took advantage of miscues by the Cleveland Indians, and finally backed up a quality pitching effort by Jose Quintana for a 6-2 win, Monday.
The offense was powered by third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who went 4-for-4 with two two runs and one RBI. Gillaspie finished with three doubles en route to the 26th win of the season by the White Sox.
Gillaspie is batting .352 this season.
Dayan Viciedo (2-for-4) also came up big with a three-run home run, with two outs, in the third inning.
The White Sox (26-27) finished with nine hits, and left five runners stranded on the bases.
It was good to see the White Sox take over the game when a team opened the door for the opportunity. Another big moment in this game was the top of the eighth when Scott Downs battled out of a bases loaded jam (caused by Zach Putnam) to not allow any runs.
As for Quintana, he pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out five as he improved to 3-4 overall with an ERA of 3.61.
Josh Tomlin suffered his second loss of the season for the visiting Tribe, falling to 3-2 on the season, with an ERA of 3.04. Tomlin pitched five innings, allowing five earned runs on five hits and one walk, while striking out eight.
As good as this game went for the White Sox, I’m still worried about parts of the bullpen, and with Downs receiving his shot at closer on Monday, and doing a fine job of it, what does this say for Ronald Belisario?
Tomorrow will be very interesting with the pitching matchup being Chris Sale for the White Sox, while the Indians will send Justin Masterson to the mound.
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