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Johnny Quetta makes 6 zero innings in his debut lineup for the Chicago White Sox, winning 3 wounds before winning the 10th – Reading Eagle

Johnny Quetta spent several big games at Kaufman Stadium, leading the start of the World Series for the Kansas City Royals in 2015.

The right-hander returned to the field – and returned to the major competitions – on Monday from the Chicago White Sox.

He was stunning in his debut for the Sox, allowing two strokes with seven outs and two walks in six zero innings.

“Throughout my career, I have always placed a special emphasis on my first start of the season,” Cueta said through an interpreter. “I was against the young team, the team I used to play with, and I was thrilled.”

Cueto did not participate in the decision after the royal team equaled the game with three runs from Kendall Graveman in the eighth. But Louis Robert hit Homer twice on the 10th, and Liam Hendrix knocked out the side and won 5-3.

It was the second time in three games that Robert had hit the clutch. He rode in the winning game Saturday against the New York Yankees with a single in the ninth.

On Monday, he hit the Scott Barlow slider 0-1 through the center wall of the field to bring the Sox forward.

“I was just trying to make good contact to drive the car, and I managed to do it,” Robert said through an interpreter.

Robert’s explosion made sure that Cuet’s efforts were not in vain.

“This is Johnny Quetta, whom you saw,” said Sox manager Tony La Rousseau. “He’s so deceptive, and whatever the fastball is, he plays harder and he notices it. It’s down and soft and then suddenly throws one at you.

“Being so sharp just shows you his talent and the work he has done to prepare.”

Cueta has signed a contract with the Sox as a free agent of the minor league on April 8th.

“This is a young team with great talent,” he said. “You see, they have very good chemistry here.”

After he made four starts with Triple-A Charlotte, the Sox bought his contract.

It didn’t take Cuet a long time to impress when he knocked out the side in the first. He left the first nine beats – knocking out five – before giving the single to Whit Maryfield to start fourth.

He ended his walk by striking out Salvador Perez by two to finish sixth.

“That’s what I work for,” Cueta said. “I know I need to save energy through walking. And then when I know my last swords will be thrown, I just go for more. ”

His 81-field run (55 strokes) was exactly what the Sox needed when they started a five-game series and four days against the Royals.

“You can’t be surprised, because that’s what he’s been doing all his career,” La Rousse said.

The 36-year-old Cueto went 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA and 17 outs with Charlotte.

“It was good,” he said of Charlotte’s experience. “I just took it as a spring workout. I didn’t have a regular spring workout. … I just gained my strength and my innings and the last time I threw (82 innings). I was ready. “

Cueta has 135-97 with a 3.45 ERA in 330 games (329 starts) over a 14-year career at the Cincinnati Reds (2008-15), Royals (2015) and San Francisco Giants (2016-21).

He has twice competed in the All-Star Game (2014, 2016), finished second in the Sai Young Award in the National League in 2014 and has a 2-4 out of 4.54 ERA in eight career starts. He started four times in the 2015 postseason with the Royals World Series champion.

“I said goodbye to him and then said I was still feeling the effect of Game 5 of the 2015 Division (American League) series,” said Sox starter Dallas Keichel before Monday’s game. “He treated us (when I was) pretty well with (Houston) Astros, and he was traded to the Royals.”

Cueta allowed two runs with two strokes and struck out eight in that playoff game on October 14, 2015, defeating the Royal Team 7-2.

“He’s one of the best who’s done it in over ten years,” Keichel said, “and now it’ll be nice to watch him on (our) side.”

Quetta went 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 22 away games (21 starts) for the Giants in 2021.

Lucas Jalita was originally scheduled to speak on Monday, but on Friday he was listed as a COVID-19-related victim. Jalita’s symptoms began on Wednesday.

“A good part of that is all the signs they’re looking at (Jolita),” La Rousse said. “He will be performing in the series, whether it is (Tuesday) or making adjustments on Wednesday. This is good news. We will wait and see. “

La Russa said Dylan Sees will start his first double-header game on Tuesday. Game 2 needs to be determined. Vince Velázquez and Keichel are likely Sox starting teams on Wednesday and Thursday.

Cueta is expected to be a factor in the rotation in the future.

“We would be disappointed if he wasn’t,” La Rousse said before the game. “And we don’t expect disappointment. He has done enough since he reported to Arizona (for a long spring workout), and what he has shown in Charlotte (that), we expect to be helpful. “

Cueta is ready to help on and off the field.

“Just keep working and try to help the team,” he said. “Try to help the young guys here and see what little things await us.”

In the relevant registry on Monday, the Sox chose infiltrator Danny Mendick to Charlotte. Mendick has a 5-for-23 (.217) with two doubles, one home run and three RBIs in 11 games over two games with the Sox this season.

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