Making his fifth start against the Cleveland Indians in 2016, Jose Quintana walked the pitching tightrope early, but eventually found his balance to help limit the Indians offense and earned his 13th victory.
Just like last night, the Chicago White Sox got off to a quick start in the first inning. Tim Anderson filled in for the injured Adam Eaton as the lead off hit and started the game with a single. He would move up to second base thanks to Indians starting pitcher, Cody Anderson's wild pitch. Melky Cabrera hit his 39th double of the season to give Chicago the 1-0 lead. Jose Abreu on a 0-2 pitch hit an opposite field single for his 97th RBI and Quintana had an early two-run cushion.
It appeared that cushion would evaporate early. In the first, Cleveland had the bases loaded with just one out after a Jason Kipnis single, and back-to-back walks for Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli. In his first escape act, Quintana got Carlos Santana to ground into a 6-4-3 double play ending the threat.
In Quintana's second escape act, he upped the difficulty as he gave up back-to-back singles to Jose Ramirez and Brandon Guyer. Then he walked his third batter in Coco Crisp to load the bases with no outs. After striking out catcher Roberto Perez, Cleveland was finally able to cash in on a run-scoring opportunity with Rajai Davis singled to right, scoring Ramirez. Avisail Garcia fielded the ball cleanly and made a strong throw to the cut-off which was Jose Abreu. Guyer got too aggressive and overran third, which made Crisp overrun the second base. Abreu was able to make the throw to Anderson at second, and the rookie ran down the veteran for out number two. Somehow, that's all the damage Cleveland could muster as Jason Kipnis grounded out to end the inning, with the Sox leading 2-1.
In Quintana's third and final escape act the setup included Brandon Guyer doubling to left. Carlos Sanchez whiffed on Melky Cabrera's throw from left, allowing Guyer to advance 90 feet. Tying run on third, Quintana got Crisp to pop out to shallow center and Perez to ground out to first. Three prime opportunities for the Indians who cashed in on every chance the Sox gave them to score last night, and tonight they could only plate one run.
Jose Quintana's night finished after the sixth, with a final line of 6 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 2 K.
For Cleveland, tonight was a bullpen night as they are dealing with injuries to Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco. The Sox were able to generate offense against the bullpen with a run in the fifth thanks to Leury Garcia's legs and Cabrera's second RBI hit of the night to make it 3-1. The next inning, Todd Frazier hit a 421-foot bomb to left field for his 39th home run giving the Sox a three-run lead.
In the eighth, the White Sox blew the game wide open as they put up a crooked number scoring four runs putting this game out of reach.
Todd Frazier now just needs one more dinger to be the 7th Chicago White Sox to hit 40 or more home runs in a season.
Alex Avila earned the Olympic Rings tonight, going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts. The last White Sox player to do that was Ron Karkovice on Opening Day 1996 against Seattle.
Carlos Sanchez had a great night at the plate: 3-4 with two doubles and a RBI.
Record: 73-81 | Box Score | Play-by-Play | Highlights