White Sox 5, Twins 2
After 10 straight fastballs with the home crowd cheering and the
bases loaded behind him, Jose Quintana threw an 80-mph curveball to
freeze Ryan Doumit.
Home plate umpire Bill Miller called strike three, the crowd
groaned loudly and Quintana calmly went back to the Chicago White
After that, Quintana made it look easy the rest of the way, Adam
Dunn and Jeff Keppinger both homered and Chicago beat the Minnesota
Twins 5-2 on Friday night to snap its 10-game road losing
It was a far cry from Quintana’s last start – a five-run,
five-inning outing Sunday against the Twins in Chicago.
”The only thing (I) did was try to attack early,” Quintana
said through a translator. ”(I) tried to come in and attack
earlier, throw strikes to every single one of the batters, and
thankfully everything worked out. (I) was able to get them
Quintana (7-4) scattered six hits over 6 2-3 innings, giving up
two runs and striking out seven.
Joe Mauer homered in the first for Minnesota, but Keppinger and
Dunn both hit solo shots off Twins starter Kevin Correia (8-9) in
the third to make it 4-1.
”They got us pretty good at home,” White Sox manager Robin
Ventura said. ”We haven’t had too many of those where we’ve hit
them like that. It was nice.”
A night after watching the Twins win by a run in walk-off
fashion, the White Sox and Quintana looked to be in for yet another
rough outing when Mauer lined a 3-2 offering into the right-field
seats to put Minnesota up 1-0. Mauer also had homered off Quintana
on Sunday. And considering Quintana’s 4.21 run support average
coming in, the 15th-lowest in the AL this season, things didn’t
look very promising.
But Dayan Viciedo put Chicago up with a two-RBI single in the
second before Keppinger and Dunn added all the insurance runs
”Their guy threw the ball really well,” Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. ”It was coming out of his hand really nice. He
mixes pitches well. The guys were saying he’s very deceptive and
has a little jump on his fastball.”
Quintana set the Twins down in order three times. But his
biggest test came in the third when the Twins loaded the bases with
two outs in the third and Doumit came to the plate.
”Seems like it lasted what a normal inning would last,”
Ventura said. ”He just kind of gutted it out and went extra-long
for us tonight.”
Quintana is 3-0 on the road this season.
Correia pitched well aside from the third inning, retiring 12 of
the 14 batters he faced after Dunn’s homer.
”I felt like my stuff was good,” Correia said. ”I think
that’s just how baseball is sometimes. Sometimes they hit it to
people, sometimes they miss a mistake. The second time around,
they’re usually not going to miss any many mistakes.”
Minnesota added a run in the seventh when Brian Dozier drove in
Wilkin Ramirez on a two-out single to chase Quintana. Reliever
Donnie Veal walked Mauer but struck out Justin Morneau to end the
inning. Chicago made it 5-2 in the eighth when Trevor Plouffe’s bad
throw from third hit Paul Konerko, allowing Keppinger to score.
Nate Jones pitched a scoreless eighth and Addison Reed worked
the ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances.
Notes: Chicago INF Gordon Beckham was held out of the starting
lineup after leaving Thursday night’s game with a strained right
quadriceps. But he entered the game at second in the eighth. …
White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie left with a bruised left hand and is
day to day. … The Twins activated Doumit from the DL before the
game. Doumit missed eight games after leaving Minnesota’s game Aug.
7 at Kansas City with concussion-like symptoms. The Twins optioned
IF Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Doumit on
the roster. … Viciedo returned to the lineup after missing six
straight games with a sore left thumb. … The teams will play the
third of their four-game series Saturday when Chicago’s Chris Sale
(8-11) takes the mound opposite Minnesota’s Andrew Albers