White Sox ace Jose Quintana has solid start behind great run support from offense. South Siders rout Blue Jays 11-4 to start road trip.
Jose Quintana has had a rough start to his 2017 season. With a 2-8 record entering his start on Friday against the Blue Jays, Quintana was looking to get his season back on track in Toronto. By the time he took the mound in the first inning, he was spotted with four runs from the White Sox offense. The White Sox would defeat Toronto 11-4 for their fifth consecutive win at the Rogers Centre.
The White Sox jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning off Blue Jays starting pitcher Joe Biagini. Quintana pitched seven solid innings for the White Sox. Quintana’s win on Friday was his first since May 19 and he ended the game giving up just two earned runs while recording five strikeouts and allowing two walks.
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Alen Hanson who was claimed off waivers by the White Sox last week had three hits on Friday. Hanson was a late addition to the game as Leury Garcia was scratched due to soreness in his left hand. After Hanson led off the game with a single in the first inning, he would later score along with Melky Cabrera on a triple by Jose Abreu.
Todd Frazier added a sacrifice fly to extend the White Sox lead to 3-0. Tim Anderson would later score Matt Davidson on a RBI single to put the White Sox up 4-0. After Cabrera doubled in the second inning to score Yolmer Sanchez and Hanson, Abreu hit a RBI double to put the White Sox ahead 7-0.
This would be more than enough run support for Quintana as the left-handed pitcher shut down the Blue Jays for his third win of the season. Despite giving up two solo home runs, Quintana had one of his better starts of this season on Friday.
Quintana’s start was his longest outing since his last win on May 19 against the Seattle Mariners. This season, Quintana has only had four starts where he pitched seven or more innings. Although he has struggled this season, he still has time to turn his 2017 campaign around. If Quintana can continue having solid starts, he could improve his trade value for the White Sox.