The White Sox sort of let the dogs out on Tuesday night and it put Jose Quintana in an unfamiliar spot.
One night after they produced a run in every inning, the White Sox forced their All-Star left-hander to throw extra warmup pitches during their biggest inning of the season. The White Sox broke open a tied game when they sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth inning of an 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. The teams played in front of a Guinness world record for dogs in attendance at a sporting event (1,122).
“It’s the best support for me ever and that’s good,” said Quintana, who improved to 12-10. “I can play catch every time.”
Through 5 1/2 innings it looked like the same old story for Quintana. In the midst of a great performance, Quintana was in line for another no decision as Trevor Bauer held the White Sox to a first-inning run.
But with the score tied at 1, the White Sox offense came to life and forced Quintana to head for the indoor batting cages to stay warm in between innings.
Adam Eaton started the rally with a leadoff walk against Bauer, who allowed six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Tim Anderson, Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu all followed with singles, Abreu’s hit giving the White Sox a 2-1 lead.
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Todd Frazier singled in two more runs for the White Sox, who on Monday became only the 20th team in baseball to score a run in every inning in which it batted. Avisail Garcia doubled in another to make it a 5-1 game. Carlos Sanchez tripled in two more runs and Eaton doubled in another for the White Sox, who hadn’t scored more than five runs in any other inning all season.
The inning began shortly after the team announced it set a new Guinness world record for dogs in attendance at a sporting event with 1,122.
“It was some really impressive at-bats to go through there,” Eaton said. “Bauer is a heck of a competitor. Had really everything going tonight up to that point, but it’s kind of the way baseball goes. It’s contagious, just good at-bat after good at-bat. Those are the innings you need to have in order to be successful, so hopefully we can keep it rolling.”
Quintana said it was only the second time in his career he has had to play catch because of a lengthy White Sox inning. He threw 10 fastballs to the team’s pre-game instructor, Luis Sierra, in the batting cage located a few steps from the dugout.
The delay didn’t do anything to slow down Quintana, who was fantastic once again.
Aside from a cheap second-inning homer off the bat of Brandon Guyer, Quintana made it look easy. He allowed a run and five hits with a walk and six strikeouts over eight innings.
“If Q is going and you get offense like that, it really goes in your favor,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “If we can swing the bats like that with him, you feel really good about your opportunities.
“Q is as steady as can be. That’s a calling card for him of being able to kind of put that stuff out of his mind and continue to pitch.”