Making his second consecutive start against the Twins, Jose Quintana would have settled for a repeat.
Instead, it looked much like his Opening Day start against Detroit. He just fell into the hole an inning earlier when six of the first seven Twins reached. The sequence was double-single-double-single-strikeout-single-triple, and it was well-earned. He couldn’t command his curveball and he overthrew his fastball, and 11 Twins came to the plate during the five-run first.
Some small solace: Those were the only five runs Quintana allowed over 52⁄3 innings. It looked like Rick Renteria might have to go to the bullpen by the second inning, but instead Michael Ynoa covered the final seven outs himself.
More small solace: The White Sox offense had no support to offer Quintana anyway.
Ervin Santana went the distance, holding the Sox to one hit and one walk over 107 pitches. Omar Narvaez registered the lone single in the third inning, and Santana retired 20 of the final 21 he faced.
The exception was an Avisail Garcia walk. While Garcia reached base, he wasn’t able to extend his hit streak to 10 games thanks to a tremendous range and a better throw by shortstop Jorge Polanco. Then again, Santana broke his bat on the play. Quality contact was difficult to find, at least on the White Sox’ side of things.
*Matt Davidson replaced Todd Frazier in the bottom of the fourth inning due to what the White Sox described as aftereffects of the flu. Frazier had argued at length with home plate umpire Bill Miller about a low strike in the top of the inning.
*Jacob May returned to the lineup after a few days off, but he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts at the bottom of the order. He’s still hitless on the season, but at least he had plenty of company today.