Despite striking out a career high 11 hitters in his seven scoreless innings Thursday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, Quintana was handed his seventh straight and MLB leading 12th overall no-decision. The lefty’s ERA dropped to 3.69 after his strong performance against the Baltimore Orioles, yet he still remains winless since May 21.
By commanding all of his pitches and attacking the big bats in the O’s lineup, Quintana overpowered one of the league’s top offenses. Baltimore’s 3-4-5 hitters were 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Quintana.
Quintana’s bad breaks have started to become normal for the 24-year-old hurler. Three of Sox closer Addison Reed’s four blown saves in 2013 have taken wins away from Quintana, and his tough luck doesn’t stop there.
Today marked the fifth time in his young career that Quintana has gone seven or more innings without allowing one run. His record in those five outings? 0-0 with five no-decisions. That’s truly hard to believe.
Thankfully, for Quintana and the White Sox, Adam Dunn blasted his ninth career walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th to edge Chicago past Baltimore by a score of 3-2 in the rubber match of their three-game series. The win marked the third straight July 4th walk-off victory for the South Siders.