Quintana, White Sox end rough road trip on losing note
CLEVELAND — White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana has sprinkled a few excellent starts in with more bad ones than he’s accustomed to this season.
Against a team he has pitched well against in his career, Quintana got into too many deep counts and lasted only five innings in a 4-2 loss Sunday to the Indians.
Quintana (2-8) allowed three runs and five hits, struck out three and walked two. He threw 95 pitches and left trailing 3-0, with his ERA (5.30) right where it was at the start of the game.
Quintana likely would have stayed in for another inning in the past, but not this season.
‘‘Q battled through five innings,’’ manager Rick Renteria said. ‘‘He had a lot of traffic. At that point, with the game the way it was, us scoring a couple of runs [in the top of the sixth], I thought it was best to try a fresh arm to keep it moving.’’
The loss meant the Sox (26-35) went 2-7 on their road trip. They were swept by the Tigers and lost two of three to the Rays and Indians.
Carlos Carrasco (6-3) allowed a two-run double to Todd Frazier in the sixth that cut the Indians’ lead to 3-2, but reliever Andrew Miller struck out Yolmer Sanchez and Tim Anderson to leave the tying run at second.
Quintana said he ‘‘felt off with my delivery.’’
‘‘Too many 3-2 counts, and I paid for that,’’ he said. ‘‘Everything, it’s all bad. Too many pitches.’’
Baseball America and MLB.com project the Sox to select Vanderbilt outfielder Jeren Kendall with the 11th pick on the first day of the draft Monday.
Kendall has ‘‘dynamic tools with strikeout concerns,’’ according to MLB.com draft expert Jim Callis.
High schoolers Royce Lewis, a shortstop/outfielder, and Austin Beck, an outfielder, also would appeal to the Sox, but they are projected to be gone before the 11th selection.
The same could be said of Florida right-hander Alex Faedo, Louisville outfielder Jordan Adell and North Carolina right-hander J.B. Bukauskas.
Left-hander Carlos Rodon’s second minor-league rehab start wasn’t much better than his first. He allowed four runs and five hits (all singles), struck out three and walked four in 3‰ innings for Class AAA Charlotte.
In his first rehab start, Rodon allowed five runs and four hits, struck out six and walked two in 3„ innings for Class A Winston-Salem.
The Sox haven’t set a timetable for Rodon, but they hope to have him back before the All-Star break. He has been on the disabled list all season with bursitis in his upper left biceps.
Center fielder Leury Garcia left the game with soreness in his left hand after sliding headfirst into first base, then bumping it again while trying to steal in the fifth. He’s day-to-day.
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