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Newly acquired Jose Quintana shines in Cubs debut

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 16: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) pitches in the third inning during an MLB game between the Chicago Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles on July 16, 2017, at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)
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The Chicago Cubs kept left-handed starting pitcher Jose Quintana in the “Windy City” by acquiring him via trade with the crosstown rival Chicago White Sox. As a result, the veteran southpaw made his Cubs debut on Sunday afternoon while Chicago traveled to Maryland to take on the Baltimore Orioles.

Although struggling at times this season, it appears as though Quintana has already found some more luck on the “North Side.”

Lasting seven innings against the Orioles, the 28-year-old left-hander strung together an impressive shutout performance. Allowing just three hits and zero walks, Quintana also struck out 12 opposing batters. Not only that, but he has now posted two consecutive games of at least 10 strikeouts for the first time in his major league career.

Adding to the memorable outing, Quintana has also become only the second pitcher in franchise history to record at least 12 strikeouts in his club debut, joining Matt Garza.

Prior to being traded to the Cubs earlier in the week, the seasoned southpaw made 18 starts as a member of the White Sox in 2017. He had managed a disappointing 4.49 ERA alongside a lopsided 4-8 record. Over the course of 104.1 innings of work in all, he also struck out 109 opposing batters while walking 40 others.

For his big league career, not including his work from Sunday afternoon against the Orioles, Quintana has produced a 3.51 ERA across 172 regular-season appearances, 169 starts and a total of 1,055.1 innings.

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