White Sox ace Jose Quintana couldn’t hold off Red Sox, former South Side ace was unable to keep former team at bay. Both pitchers failed to deliver in anticipated pitcher’s duel.
Former Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale had his worst start of the season against his former team on Tuesday. However, he still got the win as Jose Quintana had another poor outing for the White Sox. The Boston Red Sox clobbered six home runs in a 13-7 victory over the South Siders.
Quintana had his second consecutive poor start as he gave up seven earned runs on three home runs to the Red Sox on Tuesday. The All-Star pitcher hasn’t had a strong start to his 2017 season and he gave up two home runs to second baseman Deven Marrero. Marrero was starting in place of the injured Dustin Pedoria.
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Although Quintana struggled, his former teammate Sale didn’t have his best start on the mound either on Tuesday. Sale gave up a season-high six runs on 10 hits to his former team. This was Sale’s first start against the White Sox and his first outing as a visitor at Guaranteed Rate Field. Despite allowing six runs including a two-run home run to Todd Frazier, Sale managed to record nine strikeouts.
With his poor outing against the Red Sox, Quintana’s record sits at 2-7 with a 5.40 ERA. The 28-year-old pitcher is having the worst start to any season of his career. Quintana’s name was mentioned frequently throughout the past offseason in trade rumors, but his poor start this season could hurt his trade value.
Quintana has had three starts out of 11 where he pitched seven innings or more this season. After his stellar start against the Seattle Mariners on May 19, it appeared Quintana was returning to form. He pitched eight innings in that start against Seattle and allowed just one earned run on one hit. However, his next start against the Arizona Diamondbacks was atrocious. Quintana allowed eight earned runs on eight hits through just 4 1/3 innings pitched.
In his start against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Quintana lasted just 2 2/3 innings. The Sox will look to sell at the trading deadline, but with Quintana struggling to start this season, he could remain with the team throughout 2017. Quintana hasn’t looked like an ace, but it’s still early and he has plenty of time to turn his season around.