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Giolito Tosses 7 Scoreless Innings In First Major League Win

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Giolito Tosses 7 Scoreless Innings For The White Sox

The White Sox 7-1 victory over the Tigers yesterday may not seem like the most dramatic game, but it had its fair share of drama. White Sox pitching prospect Lucas Giolito made his second start in a White Sox uniform. He threw 7 scoreless innings giving up only 3 hits and walking 3 batters. He finished with 4 strikeouts and improved his record to 1-1 on the season.

Giolito had a strong performance, he continued to locate his fastball just as he did in his first start, but this time he was able to locate his nasty curveball. He has good movement on his secondary pitches (12/6 Curve, Changeup) and as shown against Detroit, when he is able to locate them he can be dominant.

Giolito got to pitch with an early lead, which certainly helped boost his confidence. The Sox had a 5 run 3rd inning, which started with a Tim Anderson RBI double. Tyler Saladino followed suit by singling in Tim Anderson making the score 2-0. An Avisail Garcia single put runners on first and second for Matt Davidson.

Matt Davidson just came off a rehab assignment in Triple A Charlotte and hasn’t seemed to slow down. He went 2-4 in the previous game and he continued that success yesterday. Davidson stepped up and hit a home run to right center field pushing the lead to 5-0.

The 7th Inning

After that, it was all Giolito. He got into a groove and it was smooth sailing until the 7th inning. Giolito got the first 2 outs of the inning but struggled to finish it off. Giolito walked Mikie Mahtook and then John Hicks singled on the first pitch of his at-bat. Then Giolito lost a 3-2 count and walked JaCoby Jones to load the bases.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria came out to speak with Giolito, and this is where the drama began.

‘‘I wanted to see how he felt,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘He said he felt fine. It was very easy for me to leave him in.’’

Once Renteria made it back to the dugout play resumed, and the first pitch he threw to Jose Iglesias was crushed down the left field line. The hearts of many White Sox fans just sunk as the umpires called it a fair ball. However, as first noted by third baseman Matt Davidson, he thought the ball was foul. The White Sox management agreed and challenged the call.  The video replay clearly showed that the ball was indeed foul. The runners returned to the bases and the at-bat continued.

Giolito would go on to get Iglesias to ground out to shortstop Tim Anderson to end the inning. The White Sox added 2 more runs on a sacrifice fly by catcher Kevin Smith and a single by Yolmer Sanchez. The Sox bullpen would go on to close the game, Jake Petricka would give up a run in the 8th, and Gregory Infante closed out the game in the ninth.

When it was all over the White Sox won 7-1 giving Lucas Giolito his first major league win.