Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 17th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago White Sox (35-30) at Los Angeles Dodgers (41-25), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.98)
Los Angeles - Chris Capuano (8-2, 2.87)
(Sports Network) - Jose Quintana tries once again to state his case to stay
in Chicago's rotation this afternoon when the White Sox close out a three-game
set with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
With John Danks close to returning from his shoulder injury, it was assumed
that Quintana would just return to the minors. However, the 23-year-old lefty
has been impressive, posting a 2-1 mark to go along with a 1.98 ERA.
Quintana beat the defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday,
holding them to a run and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out four
without walking a batter.
"I knew they were a good hitting team, so I was focusing on trying to be in
the inside to middle of the plate," said Quintana through a translator. "So,
one of my biggest concentrations was giving them the cutter. I was trying to
throw that cutter, especially deep in the count."
Quintana has given up two runs or less in all four of his starts this season.
"He's been a great surprise for us to come up and do what he has done," White
Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. "He has been lights out."
The Dodgers, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Chris Capuano, who is 8-2 with
a 2.87 ERA. Capuano struggled with his command on Monday against the Angels,
as he allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings, but walked four batters
and did not get a decision in his team's 3-2 loss.
"The first three innings, I just felt as bad as I ever have mechanically,"
said Capuano, who came into the game 8-2 with a 2.82 ERA. "The last two games
and the first three innings tonight, I've been having a lot of problems with
command walking guys."
Capuano has never faced the White Sox.
Chicago overcame another shaky effort from Philip Humber on Saturday, but its
bullpen was flawless in a 5-4 win.
"The big credit goes to our bullpen," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said.
That's a tough lineup over there and they gave them no hits. They're the
reason we won."
Humber (3-4) got the win, but is just 2-4 with a 7.47 earned run average in
his last 10 outings since tossing a perfect game on April 21 against Seattle.
He was charged with all four of his runs in the third inning. Humber allowed
nine hits and two walks in five frames for the White Sox, who snapped a three-
game losing streak.
Chad Billingsley (4-5) was touched for five runs -- four earned -- on eight
hits and a walk for the Dodgers, who have alternated wins and losses over
their last six games.
"The biggest thing about Chad is consistency," Los Angeles manager Don
Mattingly said. "His inconsistency is what's keeping him from taking the next
Chicago took two of three from the Dodgers last season and is 11-5 in the
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