Quintana strikes out 11 in 7 innings, Cubs beat Pirates 2-0

CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs were in need of a strong outing by a starter, and Jose Quintana delivered.

The left-hander struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball as Chicago blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Thursday night.

Quintana (1-1) bounced back after being roughed up for eight runs and eight hits in three innings against Milwaukee during his first start of the season last Friday. It was the longest outing by a Chicago starter this season.

''That's as good as we've seen him,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''That was dominant. Strikeouts, strike throwing. Everything was working.

''He was outstanding, and we needed that.''

Daniel Descalso and Victor Caratini each had two hits and an RBI in a game that was delayed 69 minutes by rain before the eighth inning.

Caratini left after the delay and X-rays indicate the backup catcher might have a broken hamate bone in his left hand. He believes he was injured on a swing, and a CT scan is scheduled for Friday.

''It's definitely frustrating, especially because I started out the season the way I wanted to,'' Caratini said through a translator.

Steve Cishek pitched the eighth and Pedro Strop got three outs for his first save. The Cubs took two of three in their first home series after opening with a 2-7 road trip.

Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (1-1) allowed two unearned runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

''I think the biggest downfall for me was that third time around the lineup, getting behind a lot of hitters,'' Musgrove said. ''You get behind guys like that, especially the third time around, they know what I like to go to, what's working for me all game long, so I'm kind of exposed a little bit.''

Because of severe storms predicted to move into the area late Thursday night, the Cubs pushed up the start of the game a half hour. The rain began as Chicago rallied for both runs in the seventh.

With one out, Jason Heyward lifted a pop fly to shallow left field and the strong right-to-left wind blew the ball toward the line. Because of a defensive shift, no Pittsburgh fielder had a clear shot at it. Three players converged and the ball hit off the glove of third baseman Jung Ho Kang in fair territory and fell in.

The play originally was called a double, but was quickly changed to an error on shortstop Erik Gonzalez.

Descalso followed with a single to drive in Heyward for the game's first run. Descalso went to second on the throw to the plate and scored when the next batter, Caratini, doubled to right-center against Francisco Liriano.

By that point, a steady rain had begun. Shortly after the seventh inning ended, a bolt of lightning flashed in the distance beyond center field and the umpires stopped play.

EARLY EXIT

Maddon was ejected in the bottom of the fifth by plate umpire Mike Estabrook for arguing balls and strikes.

With runners on first and second and one out, Caratini took a low breaking ball on a 3-1 pitch for a strike. After hearing complaints from the Cubs dugout, Estabrook took a few steps down the third base line and held up a hand, essentially saying that was enough.

Maddon walked out and slowly made his way to the home plate area. He was ejected almost immediately after speaking to Estabrook.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: If the hamate bone in Caratini's left hand is broken, the fear is surgery could be required and he'd be sidelined four to six weeks. Oddly, Caratini was injured on the first pitch of his at-bat in the seventh. ''The first swing I felt a crack, but I felt hot so I kept going,'' he said. ''Once I got to second base and I took my glove off, I could tell there was something wrong.''

ROSTER MOVES

Pirates: INF Kevin Kramer was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to take the roster spot of SS Kevin Newman, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lacerated finger on his right hand.

Cubs: RHP Jen-Ho Tseng was released. The 24-year-old from Taiwan had been designated for assignment Saturday.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (1-0, 2.25 ERA) takes the mound Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Washington. LHP Patrick Corbin (0-0, 3.75) starts for the Nationals.

Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels (1-0, 5.73 ERA) pitches the opener of a three-game home series against the Angles on Friday afternoon. LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 2.45) goes for Los Angeles.

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  • W: J. Quintana (1-1)L: J. Musgrove (1-1)S: P. Strop (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B40200020.310.396.452.8481.0
S. Marte CF40100023.227.277.432.7081.0
F. Cervelli C40000023.243.333.324.658-1.0
J. Bell 1B30100100.300.370.525.8951.0
J. Kang 3B30000022.121.216.273.489-1.0
a- C. Moran PH10000010.235.381.471.852-0.5
M. Cabrera RF40100011.375.394.438.8310.5
P. Reyes LF30000012.067.125.067.192-0.5
E. Gonzalez SS30000000.188.278.281.5590.0
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  • a-struck out for Kang in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Liriano in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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J. Baez SS40000002.250.291.500.7910.0
K. Schwarber LF40000030.205.271.432.703-1.5
J. Heyward CF-RF21000100.351.444.6761.1204.0
D. Descalso 2B31210010.333.389.485.8745.5
V. Caratini C30210012.571.6471.0001.6474.5
W. Contreras C00000000.276.432.6551.0880.0
J. Quintana P20000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
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  • a-walked for Quintana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, F. Cervelli 3 (3), P. Reyes 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Caratini 2 (3)
  • RBI - D. Descalso (5), V. Caratini (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Zobrist, K. Bryant 2 (2), J. Quintana 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Bell
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Heyward (3), D. Descalso
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kang-Cervelli)
  • E - E. Gonzalez (3)
FIELDING
  • PB - V. Caratini (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (L, 1-1)6.14202600.000.6513.0
F. Liriano0.21001100.000.86-1.5
N. Burdi1.00000205.791.074.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (L, 1-1)6.1
F. Liriano0.2
N. Burdi1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 1-1)7.040011105.141.7131.5
S. Cishek (H, 1)1.01000205.791.503.0
P. Strop (S, 1)1.00000104.501.0010.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 1-1)7.0
S. Cishek (H, 1)1.0
P. Strop (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 87-55, F. Liriano 19-9, N. Burdi 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 8-5
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 25, F. Liriano 4, N. Burdi 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 99-64, S. Cishek 20-12, P. Strop 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 26, S. Cishek 4, P. Strop 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Marte CF40100023.227.277.432.7081.0
F. Cervelli C40000023.243.333.324.658-1.0
J. Bell 1B30100100.300.370.525.8951.0
J. Kang 3B30000022.121.216.273.489-1.0
a- C. Moran PH10000010.235.381.471.852-0.5
M. Cabrera RF40100011.375.394.438.8310.5
P. Reyes LF30000012.067.125.067.192-0.5
E. Gonzalez SS30000000.188.278.281.5590.0
J. Musgrove P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
F. Liriano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Kang in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Liriano in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Zobrist RF40100003.333.442.333.7751.0
S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Bryant 3B30000112.224.321.367.6890.5
A. Rizzo 1B40000022.200.345.356.701-1.0
J. Baez SS40000002.250.291.500.7910.0
K. Schwarber LF40000030.205.271.432.703-1.5
J. Heyward CF-RF21000100.351.444.6761.1204.0
D. Descalso 2B31210010.333.389.485.8745.5
V. Caratini C30210012.571.6471.0001.6474.5
W. Contreras C00000000.276.432.6551.0880.0
J. Quintana P20000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- D. Bote PH00000100.316.409.421.8301.0
A. Almora CF00000000.222.263.222.4850.0
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  • a-walked for Quintana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, F. Cervelli 3 (3), P. Reyes 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Caratini 2 (3)
  • RBI - D. Descalso (5), V. Caratini (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Zobrist, K. Bryant 2 (2), J. Quintana 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Bell
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Heyward (3), D. Descalso
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kang-Cervelli)
  • E - E. Gonzalez (3)
FIELDING
  • PB - V. Caratini (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (L, 1-1)6.14202600.000.6513.0
F. Liriano0.21001100.000.86-1.5
N. Burdi1.00000205.791.074.0
Total8.0520390---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (L, 1-1)6.1
F. Liriano0.2
N. Burdi1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 1-1)7.040011105.141.7131.5
S. Cishek (H, 1)1.01000205.791.503.0
P. Strop (S, 1)1.00000104.501.0010.5
Total9.05001140---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 1-1)7.0
S. Cishek (H, 1)1.0
P. Strop (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 87-55, F. Liriano 19-9, N. Burdi 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 8-5
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 25, F. Liriano 4, N. Burdi 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 99-64, S. Cishek 20-12, P. Strop 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 26, S. Cishek 4, P. Strop 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Caratini doubled to deep right center, Descalso scored02
    Descalso singled to left center, Heyward scored, Descalso to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Pedro Strop relieved Steve Cishek
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Ball, Bell flied out to right
    • Colin Moran hit for Jung Ho Kang
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Albert Almora in center field
    • Willson Contreras catching
    • Steve Cishek pitching
    • Jason Martin hit for Francisco Liriano
    • J. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Marte doubled to deep left
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cervelli flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Burdi pitching
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Baez flied out to center
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Reyes struck out on foul tip
    • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Heyward safe at first on shortstop Gonzalez fielding error, Heyward to second
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Descalso singled to left center, Heyward scored, Descalso to second
    • Francisco Liriano relieved Joe Musgrove
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Caratini doubled to deep right center, Descalso scored
    • David Bote hit for Jose Quintana
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bote walked
    • B. Zobrist: Foul, Ball, Zobrist lined out to right
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul tip, Bryant struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Kang: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Kang struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zobrist singled to left center
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked, Zobrist to second
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop, Zobrist to third, Bryant to second
    • J. Baez: Baez grounded out to catcher, Zobrist out at home
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to third
    • J. Musgrove: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Musgrove struck out looking
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier singled to shallow right
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Marte grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked
    • D. Descalso: Pickoff attempt, Descalso singled to right, Heyward to second
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heyward stole third Descalso stole second,
    • J. Quintana: Strike looking, Quintana grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Kang: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kang flied out to right
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Bell picked off at second, first to pitcher to shortstop, Cabrera singled to right
    • P. Reyes: Reyes grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Bryant lined out to right
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Rizzo flied out to left
    • J. Baez: Baez flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to center
    • J. Musgrove: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Musgrove struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Frazier singled to deep center, Musgrove to third
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Frazier out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • D. Descalso: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Descalso struck out looking
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Strike looking, Caratini doubled to deep center
    • J. Quintana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Quintana struck out looking
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell walked
    • J. Kang: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to right
    • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist flied out to left
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Foul, Bryant flied out to right
    • A. Rizzo: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)