Jose Quintana‘s last three outings for the Chicago White Sox haven’t been up to par for a guy who signed a five-year extension before the season started.
In Quintana’s last three starts, the Colombian left-hander has given up 15 runs (10 earned) and walked seven hitters. Quintana lost all three decisions to drop his season record to 3-7.
On Thursday night, the White Sox lost 4-2 in the opener of a weekend four-game series with the Minnesota Twins. Jose Quintana was once again starting for the Sox, but the loss would not be any fault of Quintana’s.
In seven innings, Quintana gave up just two earned runs on six hits, walked only one and struck out six on 108 pitches (72 strikes). Quintana threw 20 first-pitch strikes to the 27 Minnesota hitters he faced on Thursday night.
Jake Petricka took over for Quintana in the eighth inning and gave up the go-ahead runs to the Twins in his only inning of work.
The White Sox bats were relatively quiet due to the 30-year-old Yohan Pino, who was making his major league debut on Thursday night. Pino went seven innings, gave up two earned runs on five hits, walked one and struck out seven on 94 pitches (68 strikes).
Yohan Pino (30 y, 175 d) is oldest pitcher to make MLB debut vs #WhiteSox since Hisashi Iwakuma (31 y, 8 d) in relief 4/20/2012
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 20, 2014
The Sox and Twins continue their four-game series on Friday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Hector Noesi will get the start for the Good Guys. Noesi gave up five runs (only two were earned) in his last outing against the Kansas City Royals last Saturday. Minnesota will start right-hander Ricky Nolasco. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- The Sox turned one double play on Thursday night to give them 73 total double plays turned on the season. Only six teams have more DP’s turned than the Sox (Baltimore, Colorado, Detroit, Arizona, New York (Mets) and San Francisco).
- With nine more strikeouts at the plate, the Sox have an American League-leading 641 total K’s on the season. They would lead the entire league in that category, but Miami has three more at 644 total K’s.
- Although pitching may be the biggest concern for the Sox, there’s only six teams who have surrendered less home runs than the White Sox pitching staff’s 61 (St. Louis, Washington, the Cubs, Atlanta, Minnesota and San Francisco).