Quintana pitches 8 strong innings in 2-1 loss to Blue Jays
Jul. 08, 2015
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana is having trouble getting wins even when he pitches well.
Quintana allowed just two runs and four hits in eight innings but the Chicago White Sox lost 2-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays. Quintana (4-8) struck out eight —including five straight during the fourth and fifth innings — and retired 10 straight batters in one part of the game.
It was Quintana's eighth straight start allowing three runs or fewer while pitching at least six innings, but he is just 2-3 during that stretch. He's also only getting an average of 2.60 runs in support this season.
"I'll try next time to not give up any runs," Quintana said. "I'll try again to keep my games as close as I can."
Quintana will have to do that for Chicago, which has set a franchise record by scoring four runs or fewer in its last 24 home games.
"There wasn't much going on," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said.
That was true because of Toronto starter Felix Doubront.
Doubront pitched into the seventh inning in his first start of the season and Josh Donaldson homered to lead Toronto. Doubront (1-0) allowed just one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. It was his first start in the majors since last Sept. 20 when he pitched for the Chicago Cubs against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I was just having fun and throwing strikes and keeping the hitters off-balance," Doubront said.
Roberto Osuna got the last three outs for his fourth save.
Donaldson led off the fourth inning with his 21st homer to break a 1-1 tie. He homered for the second straight game and has six in five games against the White Sox this season.
"He's having a tremendous year," manager John Gibbons said.
Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes manufactured a run in the first inning to put the Blue Jays on top. He led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on another ground out by Jose Bautista.
The White Sox tied the score in the second inning. Gordon Beckham doubled with two out and Carlos Sanchez drove him in with a single to left field. But that was it offensively for Chicago, which hit the halfway point of the season 37-44 despite its strong starting pitching.
"We haven't had that moment where a number of us are hot (on offense)," Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers said, "so we're still kind of waiting on that to happen and we've got to find ways to scratch and claw through."
Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (lat strain) threw two innings in the Florida Gulf Coast League on Tuesday. Sanchez has been out since June 5 and the plan is for him to make a few more appearances and built to a starter's workload.
White Sox: RHP Matt Albers (right pinky finger) threw an inning of scoreless relief Monday during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. Albers suffered the fracture during Chicago's April 23 brawl with Kansas City.
Blue Jays: RHP Drew Hutchison (8-2, 5.23 ERA) looks to bounce back from a poor outing (five runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings) last Friday at Detroit.
White Sox: LHP John Danks (4-8, 4.95) snapped a four-game losing streak in his last outing with seven shutout innings against Baltimore.
KEEP IT MOVING
Tuesday night's game was a quick 2-hour, 33-minute affair, which followed Monday's game that finished in 1:54.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
Chicago starters have a 1.84 earned-run average with 12 quality starts over their last 13 at home. That's part of a strong staff that could give Chicago reason for optimism in the second half. "You are seeing the pitching," Ventura said.