Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Jose Quintana Strikes Out 12 In Cubs Debut

Jose Quintana Strikes Out 12 In Cubs Debut

The Chicago Cubs opened the second half by making a cross-town trade for ace Jose Quintana and then second half commenced.

He certainly impressed his new teammates in his debut.

Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 including a two-run homer on Sunday, powering the Cubs to an 8-0 victory over the Orioles. "I felt like I was maybe pressing a little too hard a few times, but I wanted to see where I was at swing-wise, what it felt like to turn and twist at that game speed, so it felt good". "But, after a couple of throws, I threw everything out and could focus on my game". Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that if everything stays fine, he will be activated and pitch Tuesday. "Everybody else saw it". Gausman has been inconsistent in a season where Baltimore needed him to step up.

The Orioles began the day with a major league-worst 5.95 ERA from its starters - a full run worse than any other team in the American League - and Jimenez (4-5) only made it higher.

"That's really frustrating to be that close to getting out of an inning unscathed", manager Buck Showalter said.

If there is any reason the Mets do not trade Jacob deGrom it is because they simply can not rely on any of their other starters to be consistent. They know that the game of baseball has elements that not everybody likes. "We were not up to the challenge".

But he ended that - and gave the Orioles their first hit of the day - by hacking at the first pitch of the fourth inning and pulling it into the left-field corner for a ground-rule double. It marked the third time this season that the left-hander has struck out 10 or more batters and the 10th time of his career. Heyward stole second and scored the fourth run on a two-out single by Ben Zobrist.

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A two-run homer by Bryant, his 19th, boosted the margin to 6-0 in the fourth. Chicago is 6-3 against the Orioles all-time. "Unfortunately, they got started here".

Rizzo hit his 22nd home run in the ninth off Darren O'Day. "I really believe if we play with that kind of internal fire and energy, we are going to win a lot of games in the second half". The first came in 2003, when they won two of the three games. Five Los Angeles pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts with no walks. He also banged out 14 homers and drove in 44. He took that home run away.

A BRAVES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer as Atlanta completed a sweep of visiting Arizona. Derek Holland gave up five earned runs in Sunday's loss, his ERA now sitting at 5.18 after blowing a 5-0 lead. Wade LeBlanc (4-2) pitched a hitless ninth for the host Pirates. Russell responded when he hit a first-pitch, 96 miles per hour fastball off Brad Brach (2-2) over the left field fence. Warwick Saupold (2-1) got the victory with a scoreless 11th.

Contreras provided a 3-0 lead with a homer into the Cubs' bullpen. Chicago has lost four in a row.

Jimenez allowed six runs and 11 hits, one shy of tying a career-high, over 3 2/3 innings. The rest all were hit with runners on base. Mike Pelfrey couldn't make it five innings in Saturday's loss and now owns a 4.64 ERA.

Catcher Caleb Joseph homered in the bottom of the fifth for the Orioles' first run, but by then, they trailed 7-1.

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