After 27 games to begin the year, 11 of which were wins, a Pirates starting pitcher finally got a win in 2022. Jose Quintana blanked the Dodgers over six innings, and the Pirates defeated Los Angeles 5-1 at PNC Park in the Bucs 28th game of the season.
The streak of 27 consecutive games without a starting pitcher recording a victory was the longest stretch in Major League history. It was a long time coming for the Pirates, and a long time coming Quintana, who picked up his first win since 2019 with the Cubs.
Quintana has been excellent so far this season for the Bucs, and should probably have at least a win or two on his stat line already. With his performance on Monday night, he lowered his season ERA to 2.70.
Quintana was masterful against the Dodgers, only allowing a pair of base hits to the potent Dodgers offense. He did issue four free passes, but also struck out five and rarely found himself in hot water. Derek Shelton relied on him and allowed him to work deep into the night, throwing 102 pitches in the performance.
It was a performance worthy of a win, and a much needed win for the Bucs who dropped two of three against the last-place Reds.