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Jose Quintana gets first victory vs. KC, White Sox win

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Jose Quintana gets first victory vs. KC, White Sox win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Quintana worked overtime Saturday night to earn his first victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Making his 17th start against the Royals, Quintana stranded six men in scoring position over seven scoreless innings to pace the White Sox in a 6-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium. Alexei Ramirez and Geovany Soto both homered for the White Sox, who played outstanding defense behind Quintana to earn their third straight win.

“This was probably his best showing with these guys,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He was really getting his curveball over. Not having to rely on a fastball early in the count. He went a little backward. Great curveball, he could drop it in pretty much any time he wanted, kept them off balance. Any time he does that and has command like that, he’s tough.”

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Not much was easy for Quintana -- who said he used a similar game plan to the one employed by John Danks on Friday -- against the Royals aside from the first inning.

Kansas City had runners on the corners and no outs in the second inning only for Quintana to escape unscathed. Jose Abreu made a nice play to get lead runner Kendrys Morales in a rundown before Quintana retired the next two batters to strand a pair.

He also worked around one-out doubles in the third and fourth innings and a two-out double in the sixth.

But Quintana saved his best escape act for last. With runners on second and third and one out, Quintana struck out pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes before he retired Alcides Escobar on a grounder to second with the aide of a fantastic play by Gordon Beckham.

Quintana, who had been winless in six career decisions against Kansas City with a 4.68 ERA, allowed seven hits and struck out five. Afterward, Quintana knew it was his first victory over the Royals. He also said he was pumped up to help the White Sox clinch a series victory.

“I’m so excited to get this game,” Quintana said. “It’s really fun when you get runs. I’m excited to get the series for us and we continue to try day by day to get some wins. We’re ready for tomorrow.”

Kansas City didn’t let up after Quintana departed as Nate Jones stranded runners on the corners when Ramirez turned a fantastic inning-ending double play in the eighth. Jones was the third pitcher of the inning as the Royals cut it to 4-1.

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The White Sox didn’t do much early before the offense woke up in the fourth inning against Royals starter Danny Duffy. Abreu drew a leadoff walk, one of two free passes, and Avisail Garcia singled off Duffy’s glove. Trayce Thompson flew out to deep left center and Abreu tagged up on the play and went to third before Ramirez hammered a 1-2 curveball for a three-run homer.

Three innings later, Soto blasted a solo homer over the home bullpen in left field to give the White Sox a four-run lead.

Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera added on to the lead with two-out, RBI singles in the ninth inning.

Beckham, who also had two hits and scored a run, was surprised to learn it was Quintana’s first victory over the Royals.

“Q was hitting his spots all night,” Beckham said. “He’s just a competitor. More than anything he just competes. That’s what you want out there as a pitcher. Playing behind him is a lot easier because you know he’s locked in and he’s going to compete as well as he possibly can.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list