Konerko-less Sox shut out by Blue Jays

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Konerko-less Sox shut out by Blue Jays

The South Side heat wave has cooled off.

The White Sox managed only two hits against Brandon Morrow and lost for the third time in four games, dropping a 4-0 decision to Toronto on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

The loss trimmed Chicagos lead in the AL Central over Cleveland to a 12 game in being manhandled by Morrow, who threw his AL-leading third shutout of the season and tied Justin Verlander of Detroit for the AL lead in complete games with three.

Morrow (7-3) only allowed five baserunners, including one through six innings. The only hits came on a pair of singles by A.J. Pierzynski. Other baserunners came when Adam Dunn reached on an error in the seventh and was walked in the ninth. Morrow also walked Alejandro De Aza in the ninth.

Morrow struck out five as the Jays beat Chicago for the second night in a row.

Sox rookie left-hander Jose Quintana (1-1) took the loss in his third career start. Quintana flirted with trouble in the first four innings, but some timely pitches and a couple stellar defensive plays kept the game scoreless.

The best of those defensive plays came in the second when third baseman Orlando Hudson snared a line drive by Yan Gomes that appeared destined for the left-field corner, which would have scored Kelly Johnson easily from second.

Quintana pitched himself out of trouble in the fourth, stranding runners at first and second by getting Gomes to pop out to Pierzynski in foul territory behind home plate.

Even when his luck ran out in the fifth, Quintana benefited from a good defense play as the Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead. With David Cooper at second, Colby Rasmus drove the ball into left-center field to score the run.

But Rasmus was out when he tried to stretch the hit into a double as Dayan Viciedo threw a strike to Gordon Beckham at second, easily getting Rasmus for the innings final out.

Jose Bautista gave the Jays a 2-0 lead with his 15th home run of the season, a 423-foot shot into the left field seats to open the sixth against Quintana.

Quintana was replaced by Nate Jones to start the seventh. He gave up two runs on nine hits (eight singles) with one walk and one strikeout. He also threw a wild pitch.

The Sox used three pitchers in the seventh to get out of a jam they pitched themselves into. Jones gave up two singles after striking out Gomes to start the inning. Jones then got Brett Lawrie on a pop-up to Beckham before being replaced by Will Ohman.

Ohman hit the only batter he faced -- Rasmus -- to load the bases with two outs. Jesse Crain entered and struck out Batista to squelch the threat.

The Sox finally got another base runner with one out in the seventh when Dunn reached on an error against the infield shift. That snapped a streak of 14 consecutive batters set down by Morrow.

But the Sox stranded Dunn at first as Viciedo struck out and Alex Rios hit a fly ball to the edge of the right-field warning track.

Pierzynski led off the eighth with a single, just Chicagos second hit off Morrow. But pinch-runner Brent Lillibridge was caught stealing to put a stop to any momentum that might have started.

The Jays stretched their lead in the ninth on a two-run home run by Rajai Davis, who hit a Hector Santiago pitch into the Sox bullpen.

Has Jose Quintana's slow start to the season affected his potential trade value?

Has Jose Quintana's slow start to the season affected his potential trade value?

 

Jose Quintana has not started his 2017 campaign as many White Sox fans had hoped or expected.
 
Through nine games the 2016 All Star has posted just two wins and watched his ERA climb to 3.92 after Wednesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. 
 
This past offseason, Quintana was frequently mentioned as a possible trade piece for the White Sox who if moved might have brought in other key pieces for the retooling South Siders, much like Chris Sale and Adam Eaton did. 

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Have Quintana’s early season struggles impacted his trade value?
 
White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti weighed in while appearing on Wednesday’s edition of SportsTalk Live.
 
“Somebody's trade value isn’t contingent necessarily on what he’s doing right now,” Benetti said. “I mean general managers are smart enough to know Jose Quintana is worth X over the course of time and a lot of what trade value has to do with, is what other teams need. So as injuries continue to pile up to other pitchers, if we’re talking about the value of a starting pitcher, the market has as much to do with that as his performance in one specific game.” 
 
Listen to what else Benetti had to say in the video above. 
 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.

Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.

The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.

Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.

Take a listen to the latest episode below: