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Jose Quintana earns career-high 10th win of season as White Sox top A's

Jose Quintana earns career-high 10th win of season as White Sox top A's

Jose Quintana can finally get the number nine out of his head.

Quintana picked up his 10th win of the season, a career high, on Sunday after finishing with nine wins in each of the last three years.

The 27-year-old southpaw pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits while striking out six in the White Sox 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics at U.S. Cellular Field.

"This is really special for me," Quintana said. "This year, when the year started, that’s my first goal. I want to get more than 10 wins to help my team, but I’m really happy. I’ll try to get more wins.

"All the guys, teammates, celebrated that with me. It was fun. It was really good. Every time I try to get better and better and finally I get my 10th win."

Todd Frazier, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI, said Quintana was "yelling and screaming like a little kid" in the clubhouse after the game.

"He was excited. You should have seen him over there a little bit ago," Frazier said. "Just happy for him. He works his butt off. He comes in here every day and doesn’t say a boo about anything and just plays ball."

Quintana moved to 10-9 on the season and earned his 19th quality start of the season, tied for the most in the American League. He now owns a 1.91 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break, and lowered his overall ERA to 2.84 as the White Sox improved to 59-64 on the season.

"Every time I think, I have more experience now and that’s special this year to make the All-Star team and get 10 wins and try to get more," Quintana said. "That’s really important for me and the best point here is to help my team."

The White Sox offense got off to a hot start for the second consecutive day. Justin Morneau got the scoring started in the first with an RBI double. One batter later, Frazier drove in two with a single to put the White Sox up 3-0.

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The A’s got on the board in the fourth with a two-run homer by Khris Davis, his 32nd of the year. But Jose Abreu responded in the bottom of the inning, smacking a homer of his own, a solo shot. It was his second straight day going deep and 16th home run of the season.

That was enough run support to help Quintana reach his milestone.

"I know the guys are happy about it that they're able to get one for him, that something didn't happen," Ventura said. "It wasn't a no-decision. He pitched well. He gave up the homer and it looked like they were starting to get a little momentum going, but he just has a way to toughen up and get after it.

"Everybody's happy for him. He deserves it and we did enough offensively to do it for him."

Nate Jones pitched one shutout inning in the eighth, while David Robertson closed out the game in the ninth, securing his 32nd save of the season.

The White Sox open their series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

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Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

One thing you better do if you play for Rick Renteria is run to first base.

Yet again, Renteria benched one of his players Monday for the sin of not hustling down the line.

Welington Castillo, a veteran, not a developing player in need of ample “learning experiences,” popped up to first base with two runners on and nobody out in the sixth inning of Monday’s eventual 3-2 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. He did not run down to first, instead staying at home plate.

So when the inning ended and the White Sox took the field, Castillo stayed in the dugout.

Ricky’s boys don’t quit, or so the slogan goes. But what happens when a player doesn’t live up to that mantra? What happens when they don’t play their absolute hardest for all 27 outs, as the T-shirts preach? This is what happens. A benching.

“It was towering fly ball in the infield at first, probably had 15, 20 seconds of hangtime,” Renteria explained after the game. “I assumed the dropped ball. It has occurred. He could, at minimum, at least start moving that way.

“That’s uncharacteristic of him, to be honest, it truly is. Maybe he was just frustrated in that he had the fly ball and just stayed at the plate, but there was no movement toward first at all. And you guys have heard me talk to all the guys about at least giving an opportunity to move in that particular direction.

“Everybody says, ‘Well, 99 out of (100) times he’s going to catch that ball.’ And then that one time that he doesn’t, what would I do if the ball had been dropped? Would it have made it easier to pull him? Well, it was just as easy because you expect not the best, but the worst.

“That is uncharacteristic of that young man. I had a quick conversation with him on the bench, and he knew and that was it.”

It might seem a little overdramatic, a little nutty, even, to sit down a veteran catcher brought in this offseason to provide some offense and to do it in a one-run game. But this rebuild is about more than just waiting around for the minor league talent to make its way to the South Side. It’s about developing an organizational culture, too. And Renteria feels that if he lets this kind of thing slide at the big league level, that won’t send the right message to those precious prospects who will one day fill out this lineup.

“There’s one way to do it, you get your action, you start moving toward that direction in which you’ve got to go,” Renteria said. “What would’ve happened if everybody’s watching it — and I’m setting the tone for not only here, our club, (but also for) everybody in the minor leagues — and they’re saying, ‘Well, at the top, they said they’re going to do this and then they don’t do it.’

“It’s really simple. And people might like it, not like it. I’ve got to do this, do that so everybody understands what we’re trying to do here. We’re not done with what we’re trying to do.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened in 2018. Avisail Garcia was taken out of a game during spring training for not giving maximum effort. Leury Garcia was removed from a game earlier this month for not busting it down the first-base line on a weak grounder that went right to the first baseman.

It’s become a somewhat common tactic for Renteria, and while it might strike some as taking things a little too seriously, what good is this developmental season if a culture goes undeveloped? The White Sox have placed their bright future, in part, in Renteria’s hands, and they’ve talked glowingly about how the players have bought into his style and how the team played last season under his leadership.

If Renteria truly is the right man for the rebuild, things like this are how he’s going to establish his culture. And it will, he hopes, impact how all those prospects play when they’re no longer prospects and the White Sox are contending for championships.