CHICAGO – Cubs manager Joe Maddon would like to remind you that when it comes to trades, you can’t have it both ways.
Jose Quintana was on the mound Saturday night, as the Cubs lost to the San Francisco Giants, 5-4, at Wrigley Field. He lasted only 41/3 innings, throwing 83 pitches.
The Cubs obtained Quintana from the White Sox on July 13 in a trade that sent prospects away, including outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease.
Two years ago, the Cubs sent infielder Gleyber Torres to the Yankees for closer Aroldis Chapman.
Torres is tearing it up as a rookie in New York, with nine homers and 24 RBIs entering Saturday. But the Cubs won the 2016 World Series with Chapman playing a huge role.
In other words, to get something, you have to give something up – even if the jury still is out on the Quintana trade.
Quintana now has a 4.14 ERA and a WHIP of 1.25 during his time with the Cubs this year and last. His teammates staked him to an early 2-0 lead against the Giants. Jason Heyward walked with the bases loaded in the second, and Kyle Schwarber crushed a 437-foot home run to the bleachers in right-center field in the third.
Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth after falling behind 0-2 in the count to tie it before Javy Baez gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead with a homer in the bottom of the fourth. The Giants chased Quintana with two runs in the fifth, and they added another in the seventh.
“I can’t give up that homer at that time,” said Quintana who is 5-4 with a 4.78 ERA this season. “It was a battle. I tried to come back but it was hard, that last inning, for me.”