Quintana reaches goal in final start

Quintana reaches goal in final start
September 29, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Jose Quintana reached his goal the 2013 season on Sunday when he hit the 200-inning mark.

Quintana pitched seven innings in the White Sox 4-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals to land directly on 200. He finished the season 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA.

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I’m very happy because getting to 200 innings means that I was healthy, and I was also happy because I feel like I learned a lot this year,” Quintana said through a translator. “Those are the two main things that I feel very good about this year.”

Quintana completed seven innings for the 11th time in his 33 starts this season. Last season he pitched 136 1/3 innings. The increase wasn’t just because Quintana was stronger in his second season but also was related to his improvement.

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The left-hander had 83 more strikeouts this season and only issued 14 more walks.

That’s a big number for pitchers,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura. “That’s what guys are measured by is durability and being able to go out there and eat up innings.”