MINNEAPOLIS, MN- Looking to settle himself after an unimpressive start to the year, White Sox ace Jose Quintana suffered through a poor first inning, costing him and his team. Additionally, the White Sox were baffled by Twins’ pitcher Ervin Santana the whole game, as their only hit came from Omar Narvaez. The Twins easily took this one, 6-0.
After an offseason of trade speculation, the White Sox’s hottest commodity has not been kind to his value this year, especially after surrendering 5 runs in just 5.2 innings today. However, the statistics are not all bad for Rick Hahn and White Sox fans. Other than two horrid innings this year, Quintana has been lights out. If the Colombian lefty can avoid the bad inning from now on, he should return to his usual impressive form. Still, his numbers are hard to look at, as he currently sports a 6.75 ERA.
The first inning started with four straight hits from the Minnesota lineup, as Quintana looked lost out on the mound. At that point, it was 3-0 Twins, but the misery was not over. After recording a strikeout, Quintana yielded a single and a triple to push the lead to 5-0.
After that inning, Quintana was not dazzling by any means, but was efficient enough to keep the Twins from scoring anymore. As for the White Sox’s hitters, they fared no better. Although the bats have exploded in a couple contests this season, Saturday was similar to many of the other games, with minimal production. Only Omar Narvaez could notch a hit, and it was just a single.
After Quintana departed in the sixth inning, Michael Ynoa came on and did a decent job of handling the Twins. In 2.1 IP, he allowed two hits and one run.
Omar Narvaez: 1-3, 1B
Ervin Santana: CG, SHO, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K
Robbie Grossman: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 R, 2 BB
Max Kepler: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI
Avisail Garcia stretched his on-base streak to ten games with a BB in the fourth inning.
THE REALLY BAD
In 20 plate appearances this season, Jacob May has yet to get a hit. After shining bright in sunny Arizona, the rookie has yet to prove his worth in the regular season.
Todd Frazier is hitting .111 on the year, while Cody Asche is even worse at .087.
These division rivals wrap up their series tomorrow in Minneapolis. James Shields (1-0), impressing thus far with a 1.69 ERA, toes the rubber against Minnesota southpaw Hector Santiago (1-1), who is also faring well with a 2.38 ERA.
First pitch: 3:10 pm (CT)