White Sox 4, Reds 0
Jose Quintana got off to a great start again. He knows from
experience there’s a long way to go.
Quintana, who started strong and faded late as a rookie last
season, tossed three perfect innings for the Chicago White Sox in
their 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The
left-hander pitched a combined 185 innings between Double-A
Birmingham and the majors last year.
”I never had a long season like that,” Quintana said. ”My arm
felt good, but I don’t know if it necessarily was good.”
White Sox teammate Chris Sale experienced the same sort of heavy
workload in his first full season as a major league starter. It was
a learning experience for both. Quintana’s focus this offseason was
to improve his durability with a combination of rest, cardio and
”Last year after the season I took a little break,” Quintana
said. ”But after that I went to work and was always thinking about
durability for this year and strength toward the end of the
He looked fully rested Saturday, striking out two. The Reds
didn’t fare much better against the next five Chicago pitchers,
either, settling for four hits in all.
”We’re not hitting now,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
”We’ll get it straight. This is the time of year when you’re not
ready to hit the breaking ball. If anyone has a breaking ball, he’s
not going to get hit.
”We’re swinging at balls in the dirt and we’re fouling off the
Corner infielder Conor Gillaspie hit his second homer of the
spring and outfield prospect Jared Mitchell homered and doubled in
”He’s a very aggressive kid at the plate who plays hard,”
Chicago manager Robin Ventura said of Gillaspie, acquired in a
trade from the Giants for a minor league pitcher last week to give
the White Sox another left-handed bat.
Joey Votto doubled for Cincinnati, but Bronson Arroyo struggled
in his first start of the spring.
Quintana shored up the White Sox rotation last season when
opening-day starter John Danks went down with a shoulder injury in
late May. A native of Colombia who had been signed by Chicago as a
minor league free agent in November 2011 after the Yankees left him
off their 40-man roster, Quintana came up from the minor leagues
and made 22 starts, going 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in the first half
before tiring in the second half.
He finished 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA and is now considered a fixture
in the rotation.
”Quintana went out and looked great, looks fresh,” Ventura
said. ”He’s committed to being a big leaguer for a long time and
he comes in with that attitude that he belongs. When he’s out
there, you think he’s been around for a while.”
Arroyo, who had the flu when the team reported to camp, gave up
five hits and two runs in two innings.
”I feel good now,” Arroyo said. ”I feel like I’m on track.
I’ll have five or six outings that should get me to seven innings
before we get out of here, which is what we get every year.”
NOTES: Hector Santiago pitched two scoreless innings for the
White Sox. … Danks, coming back from shoulder surgery, had his
last side session in advance of his first start, which will be
Monday against the Giants. … Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez,
who has been in Miami tending to a family matter, is not expected
back for a couple days, Ventura said. … Jay Bruce got his first
hit of the spring for the Reds, a single. … Armando Galarraga
allowed one run over three innings for the Reds, a homer to
Mitchell. … Jake Peavy makes his first start of the spring Sunday
for the White Sox against the Padres and Clayton Richard in a
matchup of pitchers who were traded for each other in 2009. … The
White Sox waited a week longer than most teams to use their
projected starting pitchers this spring.