DETROIT -- Jose Quintana on Thursday became the first pitcher of the modern era to complete eight shutout innings on three occasions and receive a no-decision in each in the same season.
The White Sox rookie wasnt aware of that statistic -- courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau -- when he addressed the media after Thursdays 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
But Quintana isnt oblivious to the hard luck he has fallen on in those starts, two of which he left with a 1-0 lead only to see the bullpen lose the game.
His response: it happens.
Apparently it doesnt, but teammates said that doesnt faze Quintana, who signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox last offseason.
We didnt know too much about him when he came up, slugger Adam Dunn said. Hes been as good as anybody on our staff all year. Hes had one bad game all year and he ended up winning it. We just havent scored any runs for him and hes been great.
Quintana also received a no-decision when he threw eight shutout innings in starts at Los Angeles (June 17) and against Milwaukee (June 24).
Those three outings are second most in the majors this season -- Seattles Felix Hernandez has four -- and the most by a rookie since Detroits Justin Verlander had three in 2006.
Thats tough, Dunn said. But hes doing his job. Were just not doing ours. Its hard to be pissed off when you do your job. You cant be pissed when you go out there and throw eight shutout innings. What else can he do? This isnt the National League. Hes a good kid. Ive enjoyed having him on the team.