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White Sox pick up Jose Quintana, blast way to win over Red Sox

White Sox pick up Jose Quintana, blast way to win over Red Sox

BOSTON — Jose Quintana turned in his worst start of 2016, but a thunderous eighth inning made sure a bizarre losing streak came to an end. 

Brett Lawrie’s solo home run completed a comeback that pushed the White Sox to an 8-6 win over the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night at Fenway Park, securing a series win over the American League wild card leaders. Lawrie’s blast — which cleared the Green Monster seats in left field and sailed toward Landsdowne Street — came shortly after Melky Cabrera’s game-tying two-run home run, with both shots coming off right-hander Koji Uehara. 

The White Sox entered Wednesday having lost each of Quintana’s last seven starts despite the 27-year-old Colombian left-hander having a solid 3.86 ERA over that stretch. In a classic baseball-is-strange outcome, the White Sox won the worst start Quintana has had this season. 

“Crazy game,” Quintana said with a grin. “Baseball, that happens.”

Quintana issued a career high six walks and was tagged for six runs on eight hits with only one strikeout over 5 1/3 innings. The six runs were a season high and the most he allowed since May 24, 2015 against the Minnesota Twins. 

But the White Sox offense that has so frequently let down Quintana was there to pick him up. 

With Boston holding a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth, Todd Frazier belted a game-tying two-run homer into the Green Monster seats in left field. It was Frazier’s 21st home run of the season, the most hit by a White Sox third baseman before the All-Star break in franchise history (Bill Melton previously held the record with 20 in 1971). 

Quintana, though, couldn’t put together a much-needed shutdown inning, immediately giving the lead back to Boston on Hanley Ramirez’s solo home run. Catcher Sandy Leon — whose third walk of the game knocked Quintana out of it — scored on Xander Bogaerts’ infield single off Matt Albers later in the sixth. 

“I said in the dugout, let’s get the bats going and it’s time we picked him up,” Frazier said. “Some people took it to heart and that’s what you need. … It’s about time we stepped up for him. Three or four more times, at least.”

Despite not having a three-game winning streak since winning four in a row May 6-9, the White Sox battled back with a sort of verve that’s been missing for weeks. Cabrera’s two-run home run — and ninth inning insurance run-scoring single, which gave him four RBIs — was a jolt, just like Jose Abreu’s game-winning double and Zach Duke’s miraculous escape Monday and Tim Anderson’s leadoff home run Tuesday were. Lawrie’s go-ahead home run followed suit for a team that manager Robin Ventura sees pulling out of a tailspin that produced 26 losses in 36 games. 

“You can sit there and feel sorry for yourself, and it’s not going to get you anywhere,” Ventura said. “They continue just to play and grind it out. You take the abuse and everything else of what that record did to you, but they’ve weathered it. They’re getting a little momentum back and a little spark we had early.”

Three games isn’t enough to erase all the damage, but the White Sox are at least back to .500. It’ll take a longer stretch of playing well to assuredly say that 36-game malaise has passed. 

But to get out of it, the White Sox had to start somewhere. Maybe that place was Fenway Park. 

“There was something different about the last couple days,” Frazier said. “The energy was there, the focus was there.” 

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