The White Sox' six-game winning streak came to a halt tonight, and we learned a little bit about the role defense played in that run.
Jose Quintana matched Trevor Bauer pitch-for-pitch, but the White Sox defense didn't match its opponent out-for-out -- or at least base-for-base. As a result, Quintana started one run in the hole, and the offense couldn't make it up over the course of the night.
Avisail Garcia dug that hole by breaking in on a Jason Kipnis line drive that went over his head to start the game. Kipnis had a "triple" and scored on a Michael Brantley sacrifice fly two batters later.
The inning could have been worse -- and you could've said that often tonight, as Quintana faced trouble in a majority of his seven strong innings. However, he escaped most of the jams by taking care of business himself:
First inning: Picked off Jose Ramirez at second with one out.
Second inning: Started a 1-4-3 double play after Nick Swisher led off with a single.
Third inning: Stranded two by handling a comebacker, then getting a lineout.
Sixth inning: Snagged a comebacker from Michael Bourn to leave 'em loaded.
Seventh inning: Struck out Swisher with runners on first and second.
The only time he couldn't get out clean was the fifth inning. The Sox had just tied the game at 1 the inning before with a two-out rally. Jose Abreu cracked Bauer for a ground-rule double, which was the Sox' first hit. Adam LaRoche walked, and Garcia picked up the run he gave away by lining a single to center to score Abreu.
But the Indians regained that run, and the lead, with their own two-out magic. Kipnis kept the top of the fifth alive with a single that glanced off Alexei Ramirez's glove, and while it was a difficult play, it was almost the kind of leaping catch he made yesterday. Kipnis then scored his second run on the game on Jose Ramirez's double to the corner.
Zach Putnam took over for Quintana in the eighth and gave up a solo shot to Brandon Moss, who tomahawked a high cutter out to right. It wasn't an awful pitch -- it was just 88 mph, so it probably needs to be even higher than that.
The Sox couldn't figure out how to make up that deficit. They did threaten in the eighth, when Adam Eaton led off with a single. Melky Cabrera almost hit his own homer to right, and that was enough for Terry Francona to go to the bullpen for some paint-by-numbers bullpen management. Righty Bryan Shaw faced Abreu (walk), lefty Marc Rzepczynski faced LaRoche (strikeout), and righty Cody Allen faced Garcia (strikeout).
After ending the eighth, Allen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.