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White Sox don't support Quintana in 3-1 loss to Indians

White Sox don't support Quintana in 3-1 loss to Indians

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox still haven’t figured out how to solve the Cleveland Indians.

Their issues with the American League Central’s first-place team meant that Jose Quintana went unrewarded again on Tuesday night.

Quintana pitched well enough to win again, but Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen were even better as the White Sox lost to the Indians 3-1 in front of 13,857 at Progressive Field. Kluber limited the White Sox to a run and his bullpen pitched three scoreless. The White Sox have lost seven in a row to Cleveland and eight of 10 overall even though Quintana only allowed two earned runs and seven hits in six innings.

“You know (Kluber) has the movement going in on a lefty, but tonight the biggest one is he’s moving it back over,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s throwing at the front hip, it’s coming back on the inner half and that’s the one you freeze for a second and you can’t pull the trigger on it. Really good movement. You’re seeing a really good matchup with both guys kind of controlling what’s going on out there.”

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The White Sox made some hard contact early against Kluber, but couldn’t cash in on any of their doubles in the game’s first three innings.

Kluber used his two-seam fastball to perfection to end the second inning with a called third strike to Omar Narvaez with two in scoring position. He did the same to strikeout Justin Morneau with two on to end the third inning.

They went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded five runners in the first three innings and never had another opportunity after that.

Morneau blasted a solo homer off Kluber in the sixth inning to get the White Sox within 2-1. But that was it as Miller set down six straight and Allen retired the side in the ninth.

Quintana fell behind quickly 1-0 on first-inning doubles by Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor. They made it a 2-0 game in the third when Rajai Davis drew a leadoff walk and stole second. He scored on Mike Napoli’s two-out RBI single to left.

Quintana settled in from there to keep the White Sox within striking distance. His record dropped to 9-9 with the loss.

“I feel pretty good,” Quintana said. “I was always in trouble with runners on base. But that’s a good game situation when you work out. You try to throw quality pitches and get a lot of ground balls and it was a tough game.”

Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox


Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.

That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.

One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.

Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.

Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.

This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).

The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.

White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado


White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).

Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)

He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).

He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00).  Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).

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

White Sox Talk Podcast