Though the Chicago White Sox saw their six-game winning streak come to a close on Tuesday night, the pitching of left-handed starter Jose Quintana was what all fans wanted to see.
In what amounted to a 3-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians, Quintana pitched some of his better baseball of the season, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits and four walks. He struck out four in the seven innings he was on the mound, though suffered the loss.
Add that with the eight inning, one-run effort from ace Chris Sale on Monday against the same Cleveland Indians and the two starting pitchers have allowed just three earned runs in the first two games of this four-game series.
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Even though Quintana did give up nearly double-digit hits, Quintana did throw a total of 112 pitches, 63 for strikes.
Looking at Quintana’a past five starts, he’s allowed two or less runs in each of those outings. He’s basically had two tough starts this season where he’s allowed nine earned runs at Detroit on April 19 and on April 8 he allowed five earned run at Kansas City. In his other six starts, the lefty has allowed two or less runs, including none in a game on April 14 at Cleveland.
His overall eight starts this season have left him with a 2-4 record in 48 innings pitched. His ERA sits at 4.13 and opponents are batting .279 against him in that span. Quintana has struck out 43, but has also walked 14 batters along the way this season.
The overall record of Quintana should just be thrown out the window for the fact he doesn’t get the run support he deserves from his teammates, including last night’s one run of support against a bad Cleveland team.
In fact, the White Sox offense collected just four hits in their support of Quintana Tuesday night. Chicago tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth with Jose Abreu scoring off a base hit by Avisail Garcia.
Other than that the White Sox offense, as usual when Quintana pitches, was silent.
Any way you look at it, Quintana, though gave up a lot of hits, was able to keep the Indians at bay with the one run allowed, and that’s all anyone can ask for.
It would be nice to see the offense hit when Quintana pitches, because if the White Sox want to not just get to the .500 mark again, but stay over that point, the offense and Quintana must mesh. It eventually will if Quintana continues to pitch the way he did on Tuesday night, then everyone in the AL Central better start watch out for this club.