Chicago Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana struck out 12 batters and allowed just three hits in seven innings of work as his new team cruised to a series sweep over the Baltimore Orioles.
Quintana, who was acquired by the Cubs in a trade after the All-Star Game, not only pitched incredibly well in his debut with the team, but he also made some history along the way.
According to CSN Chicago’s Christopher Kamka, Quintana became the first lefthanded pitcher in history to start games for both the Cubs and the White Sox in the same season. He is only the third pitcher to have started a game for both teams in a single season, joining Bob Miller and Steve Renko in that exclusive club.
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With his strong outing, in which he threw seven innings of shutout baseball and allowed zero walks, Quintana joined another exclusive club too. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Quintana became just the second pitcher since 1900 to strike out 10 or more batters in consecutive starts with two different teams within the same season, joining Randy Johnson in that category.
Johnson accomplished the feat after he was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Houston Astros during the 1998 season, according to Elias.
Quintana is next scheduled to pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in a series that begins at Wrigley Field later this week.