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Royals rock Jose Quintana, White Sox

Royals rock Jose Quintana, White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Robin Ventura was being facetious when he noted that Jose Quintana has performances similar to Sunday afternoon’s once every couple of years.

While the White Sox manager may have stretched the truth a little, his point about Quintana’s consistency is correct. To see Quintana struggle as he did in Sunday’s 10-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals in front of 34,982 at Kauffman Stadium is very rare. Not only was Quintana off the mark, the Royals managed to hit him hard to the tune of 10 hits and six earned runs in four innings.

“He just wasn’t his normal self, the stuff you would expect from him,” Ventura said. “They hit him pretty hard, too. You start looking at that, he had a couple of walks in there. He just wasn’t locating the way he usually does. It was just an off day for him.

“But just a rare one for Q.

“You never really expect one of these coming out of him.”

Alex Avila threw a runner out, which might have prevented the contest from getting out of hand in the first inning. But already ahead 1-0, Kansas City continued to attack in the second inning. Alex Gordon led off the frame with a solo homer and Quintana allowed two more singles sandwiched around a walk to fall behind 3-0. Eric Hosmer’s fielder’s choice drove in another run to put Kansas City ahead by four.

Todd Frazier’s two-run homer in the fourth inning off Danny Duffy got the White Sox back within 4-2. But Quintana gave the two runs right back in the bottom of the fourth as Hosmer singled in a run and Kendrys Morales, who later homered off Chris Beck, doubled in a run.

“It was a bad day for me,” Quintana said. “I think I was fighting too much with my delivery, especially the first couple innings and I was behind the counts. This happens sometimes. Tried to comeback but it was a little late.

“Ran too much to the middle, especially the fastball. A couple high counts. It was just a bad day.”

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It was the second-most runs allowed this season by Quintana, who saw his earned-run average climb from 3.05 to 3.26.

Duffy allowed three earned runs and eight hits in seven-plus innings pitched.

Avisail Garcia also singled in a run in the losing effort.

Frazier finished with three hits in four trips.

“Guys were just getting on the ball,” Frazier said of Quintana. “That’s like the first time I’ve ever seen him do that in a year and that’s unbelievable, to be honest with you.”

Quintana said he feels strong even though he knew early he wasn’t quite himself. But similar to how he’s able to move on from tough losses or no decisions, Quintana intends to turn his attention toward his next start at Cleveland next weekend. He wants to make the most of his final two starts, surpass 200 innings yet again and perhaps even log a complete game.

“Turn the page and focus on the next one,” Quintana said. “That’s what happens sometimes and try to finish strong.

“I want to finish strong.”

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.

The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.

Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.

After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.

It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.

Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.

With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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