Jose Quintana, the ace of Team Colombia, made his debut in the 2017 World Baseball Classic against Team USA at Marlins Park in Miami. He faced off against Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer in what turned out to be a very well pitched game.
Both starters pitched a very good game. Archer and Quintana each allowed no hits through their first four innings. America pulled Archer after 4 and gave way to Baltimore Orioles reliever Mychal Givens. Team Colombia decided to keep Quintana and his extremely low pitch count in the game. Quintana then threw his fifth consecutive no hit inning and returned to the mound in the sixth with his team up 2-0. He retired the first two hitters of the inning, but San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford ended Jose’s no-hit bid. Colombia’s bullpen would end up blowing the lead and granting Quintana a very familiar no decision. Adam Jones’s game-ending single finished off a 3-2 United States victory.
Besides a nice win for the Americans, this game had a different meaning for the White Sox and their fans. Jose Quintana’s brilliant performance against a star-studded lineup grabbed attention across the major leagues. Opposing clubs got a chance to see him pitch on a big stage in his first elongated start of spring. Whether or not his wonderful performance on Friday boosted his trade value or possibly changed minds of opposing general managers remains to be seen. Now the ace of the White Sox, Quintana will be given the opportunity to shine in Chicago and possibly entice opposing contenders.