Chicago Cubs searching for last year's magic entering set with Baltimore Orioles

Doug Mendoza
July 17, 2017

The Cubs have had some rotation problems as well, but they may have solved some of them, with left-hander Jose Quintana making his debut Sunday, three days after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox.

But Quintana's dominant debut with the Cubs on Sunday against the Orioles finally gave them a tangible reason to think their rotation might have enough in the second half to have a chance to chase down the first-place Brewers in the National League Central.

The starting pitcher threw seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 12.

The Cubs traded their top two prospects, outfielder Eloy Jimenez and righthander Dylan Cease, along with infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete, to get Quintana. Davis went 1-for-8 with one walk and three strikeouts in his brief rehab stint.

"We're playing a world champion team that everyone knew was going to get going at some point", Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. He gave up two solo home runs: Albert Almora Jr. hit one in the third inning, and Addison Russell hit one in the fourth.

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YANKEES, RED SOX SPLIT: At Boston, Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer, helping David Price shut down NY 3-0 to give Boston a split of a doubleheader.

BRAVES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Atlanta, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and Brandon Phillips doubled three times as Atlanta completed a three-game sweep and sent Arizona to its season-high fifth straight loss. Joseph drove in his second run of the night with a single in the bottom of the ninth, but this time there would be no further rally. Bryant also drew a walk in the contest and scored a pair of runs.

Quintana had received that much run support while in the game only three times in 18 starts for the Sox this season. Four of those runs were of the home run variety. Wade LeBlanc (4-2) pitched a hitless ninth for the host Pirates.

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. Caleb Joseph broke through with a solo home run to left field in the fifth, and Arrieta was pulled in the seventh after Ruben Tejada plated Trey Mancini with an infield single. Warwick Saupold (2-1) got the victory with a scoreless 11th. Chicago has lost four in a row. Offensively, Trumbo put on a show by batting 1.000 with two walks, a home run, and three RBIs. Baltimore is 28-7 in Jimenez's last 35 home starts and 0-5 in their last 5 interleague games while the over is 8-0 in their last 8 interleague home games. That shouldn't be a problem here with a decent Cubs' offense against a Baltimore pitching staff that is back to their old ways, giving up runs left and right, including a combined 19 runs in the first two games of the series.

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